The ‘Dark’ Side of Driving?

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The ‘Dark’ Side of Driving

It seems we ADIs spend endless time trying to persuade young drivers that the actual learning process doesn’t finish when the Examiner gives you that Pass Certificate.

So many young people are learning their skills during the spring and summer months – windows open or aircon switched on – clear and light visibility and all is ok with the world thank you!


Further driving education – perish the thought after all,’ haven’t I paid this guy enough with all the lessons I’ve had?’

However, ADIs don’t measure safety in terms of revenue but in terms of professional pride and the knowledge that they are responsible for a job well done.


Pass Plus?

Motorway Skills?

Defensive Driving?


Mention these and the likely reply is ‘I think my dad is going to do that with me.

But why is dad any more qualified to teach advanced skills, than he was on the day he first booked his son’s/daughter’s lessons with you?


I notice, as we slide into another winter, with the inevitable darkness swooping in around 5pm, that many young drivers around me – well, just haven’t got a clue and continue to drive at speeds better suited to some balmy evening in July.

Rain storms – they don’t take account of the increased stopping distances required and the fact that brakes, tyres and human rain reactions aren’t as efficient on a low-friction surface.


As we move towards Christmas and beyond, there won’t be very much daylight beyond 3pm and this is around the time most colleges will be disgorging their quotas for the homeward journey.

Spray, Snow, Hail, Sleet and Fog are all new experiences for the new driver and are known to be responsible for the most killed or seriously injured (KSIs) amongst the 17 – 25 age range.


So concerned are local government groups that many have set up focus groups; many of which have arrived at pretty startling figures when it comes down to analysing young driver fatalities.

One such group, commissioned by Boris Johnson, Lord Mayor of London, is the ‘Transport for London Group and you can see their findings and proposals by following the link.


Further studies have been carried out by RoSPA in recent years, the latest being the COHORT II report of 2008.

Features include “The accident history of new drivers who pass their first practical test” and it highlights the accidents, attitudes and self-reported behaviours of drivers who passed their test at the first attempt, and together with theory test analysis it compares results with drivers who passed at the second or subsequent attempt.


Another report looks at when new drivers have accidents and do they influence or impact subsequent driving. accident/pdf/ppr426.pdf

A series of workshops was held to investigate or explore attitudes concerning definitions of good driving – plus their experiences or expectations of the driver education process. Attending were ADIs, young pre-drivers and learners, together with parents.


Finally, a report called, “the good the bad and the talented” Young Drivers’ Perspectives on Good Driving and Learning to Drive.

An in-depth analysis of young drivers’ attitudes and beliefs, when it comes to the learning to drive process.


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