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Defensive driving risks steering the young into danger

Posted by ROADwhyz on February 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

A LEADING road safety researcher has declared defensive driver training for young motorists a dangerous and outdated practice, as statistics show younger drivers are over-represented in fatal accidents.

Ian Faulks, a psychologist and leader of the driver test development unit at the former NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, said there was no evidence to prove driver training helped young drivers become safer.

''Teaching on-road crash avoidance skills involving braking and swerving is outmoded and we know it increases subsequent risky driving and subsequent crash involvement,'' Mr Faulks said. ''I would love to see a court case where a provider of 'practical crash avoidance skills' is sued for teaching obsolete and dangerous practices. What we do need to teach is the knowledge of how to recognise a developing situation of risk hazard and the safe driving skills to avoid or minimise that.''

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 Not a boy racer … Rory Brennan taking part in a defensive driving course at Eastern Creek yesterday. He says it makes him feel more comfortable behind the wheel. Photo: Edwina Pickles

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Reply SgtCarlMc
5:47 AM on March 3, 2014 
And here we are readers, an "expert" from the RTA, leader of the driver test development unit, who says defensive driving is obsolete and dangerous. This statement from a Govt. department whom does not test any newbie drivers at night, on a skid/oil - pan, colour vision/blindness, night vision, hearing impairment, unless it is raining, no test on a wet road, no test on CPR which is critical in an accident.

I, too would like to see the RTA tell the Army School of Transport that their methods of teaching army drivers everything there is to know about driving, are out dated and dangerous. In all my years I have only heard about 3 army drivers have an accident.

How many accidents have, the drivers from the RTA/RMS driving examination test had? How many people have asked, Did you get your licence in a corn flake box?, when avoiding an accident, these same people, passed as a qualified driver from the RTA/RMS.

If the RTA/RMS was serious about drivers/P platers, then they should test them on ALL levels, not just those during daylight hours.