A study has revealed that drivers who decide to take an advanced driving course are more aware of road conditions and hazards compared to those that don’t.
An advanced driving course can be taken after a driver has passed their test. The course allows the driver to become more advanced and knowledgeable of road awareness. The course covers speed awareness, making driving more enjoyable, observation and anticipation, how to save fuel, driving in bad weather and vehicle control along with many more benefits.
The study by Jean Hopkin, Research Associates found that 90% of advanced drivers are more aware of road users and hazards. 66% believe that advanced driver training helped them to avoid an incident or collision and 78% think they have better car handling skills.
Road safety organisation IAM also carried out an independent survey; the results showed that 60% said their driving is more fuel efficient after taking the course which allows them to save money and 89% felt the course had a positive effect on their driving. It was also found that 49% of 17-29 year olds took the advanced course to get cheaper vehicle insurance and 60% said they took the course to minimise the risk of being involved in an accident.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “We know that educating drivers and changing their attitudes to driving makes them safer. This report also demonstrates an improvement in hazard awareness and therefore a reduction in the likelihood of an accident.
“Young and inexperienced drivers in particular will benefit from further coaching, but more experience on the road doesn't mean that your attitude to driving is any healthier. Advanced drivers are significantly safer in a number of key areas, including speed, maintaining safe distances between themselves and other drivers, cornering and use of mirrors.”
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By Amanda Bainbridge