14 July 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Three Year 12 students have recently had the opportunity of honing their driving skills through an initiative first developed by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and now used a basis for additional training by some Approved Driving Instructors (ADI).

The students each had a 75-minute, one-to-one lesson with Richard Roe, an ADI and former police officer. They drove for most of the time and for two of the students it was an opportunity to be a passenger listening into the guidance as well as driving and receiving advice. The instructor offered tips and guidance to help them enhance their techniques and develop their confidence.

Amelia Brown, Year 12 student, said: “The driving session was extremely helpful and the instructor was very patient and gave some very useful advice, from general driving tips such as gear changing and managing speed to more specific knowledge such as judging and approaching sharp bends/corners and coming out of junctions safely.”

Ellen Atkinson, Year 12 student, added: “The experience built up my confidence with driving on the motorway as it is something I do less often. We then went into the country and learned about how to read the road and the situations that could be ahead. The experience gave me a wider and more detailed view on driving. The instructor was very calm and relaxed and really helpful.”

The organiser of these additional driving experiences is Ian Dawson and he is the Young Driver Advocate for the local branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Mr Dawson said: “According to the government’s DVSA blog research shows some of the reasons why 1 in 5 newly qualified drivers crashes in the year after passing their practical driving test. This is a worrying statistic and the four main reasons that appear to contribute to incidents on the road with young drivers are:

• inexperienced – good hazard perception skills require real practice – things improve after about 1,000 miles of solo driving
• overconfident – newly licenced drivers often become overconfident in their abilities soon after passing their driving tests. Studies of novice drivers have shown that they’re inclined to be excessively confident in their ability to predict the behaviour of other road users
• easily distracted – we’ve blogged about this topic before, but it’s relevant here. In-car entertainment systems, mobile phones, sat navs and passengers all have the potential to divert attention from the road
• tempted to take drink and/or drugs and drive – another topic that’s had the blog treatment, drink and drugs (GOV.UK) are the sworn enemy of safe driving. Not only do they seriously affect your reaction times, they could cost you a whole lot of money – and potentially your freedom (GOV.UK) – if you’re caught driving under their influence. You would also have to live with the consequences of your behaviour. This might be killing or seriously injuring other people, even your friends.

“Anything we can do to help reduce the chances of our students being involved in accidents is worth doing. With the professionalism of Richard Roe then I hope we have continued to contribute in a small way to a culture of safer driving at Richmond Sixth Form College.”

Further information is available here.



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