Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Latest research shows better driver education causes prangs - True!
Full text of letter in Drive, The Age, last Thursday
Less skill, fewer risks
You requested comments on your article concerning the training of young drivers (Short Cuts 07/02).
The lastest international research shows that drivers who are given more skills will simply take more risks. After all, even young drivers can drive at or below the speed limit, wear a seatbelt and maintain a safe following distance - but, it's what they choose to do that determines their safety.
The research also shows that hazard perception tests are a reliable predictor of those drivers more likely to take additional risks on the road who, therefore, shouldn't be licensed.
Adrian Stone, managing director, Sure Plan Fleet Risk Management
Now that we know this, the obvious way to improve road safety is to allow everyone on the road with no training and get them off the road after, say, three years before they learn enough to be dangerous. For the sake of consistency, let's apply the principle universally, so that, say, airline pilots aren't burdened with unnecessary continuous training and assessment.
Let's combine this latest bit of science with the well known fact that prangs are caused mainly by exceeding arbitrarily established speed limits, as distinct from going too hard for the conditions, car, and driver. Put the speed limit up to 220km/h everywhere and that'll help heaps. Then only really fast cars will have prangs.
My "hazard perception" is starting to tell me that one of the biggest risks on road safety is road safety "experts" and road safety "research".