Continuous learning will do more to keep young people safe on the roads than restrictions.
(PRWEB UK) 3 April 2013
Young drivers need more guidance and support in the first six months of obtaining their license, according to road safety charity IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists).
Last month, the DfT announced a green paper would be published this summer looking at ways to improve the safety of young drivers. The announcement includes the possibility of introducing graduated licensing, with curfews and controls which will prevent young people from gaining experience on the road.
The IAM will be recommending to the government the following changes to help improve young driver safety:
- A tougher test to include rural roads – where young people are most vulnerable
- A new focus on treating driving as a skill for life – through continuous learning with post test checkups in the first six months of solo driving
- A minimum driving period during learner stages to increase exposure to as wide range of traffic conditions as possible
- A relaxation of the rules allowing learner drivers on motorways
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “Continuous learning will do more to keep young people safe on the roads than restrictions. During and after supervised learning, new drivers need to gain as much experience as possible to prepare them for driving independently – something which curfews simply cannot deliver.”
The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.