Driver education is much wider than driver training, as it aims to address the key issues which increase crash involvement.
Some learner drivers decide that their goal is to “pass my test as quickly as I can, with the least amount of lessons possible”.
These learner drivers are simply focussed on passing a test! It may be that these learner drivers have demonstrated to their examiner that they can drive safely for forty minutes during their driving test. However, they are substantially disadvantaged and at risk of being involved in a collision, due to inexperience and a lack of knowledge and understanding.
Let us take ‘peer pressure’ as an example.
Peer pressure is “influence of a social group on an individual”
The inexperienced newly qualified driver could be influenced by:
The desire to ‘fit in’
Does the inexperienced newly qualified driver understand that the associated risks of loss of car control, crash involvement and more severe injuries, increases exponentially the more passengers that they carry?
Additional risk of an incident:
39% with 1 passenger
85% with 2 passengers
182% with 3 or more passengers
Peer pressure is just one of numerous examples of subjects that should be covered in an effective driver education syllabus.
Regrettably, until learner drivers take responsibility for educating themselves effectively and not just trying to “pass a test quickly”, the shockingly bad test pass rate in the UK will not get any better, and more importantly, the appalling statistics of how many newly qualified drivers crash within the first two years, will not improve.
In our opinion, driver education is about developing “safe driving for life skills” not safe driving for 40 minutes with the examiner!
The implications of poor driver education could be fatal.