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A LEADING road safety researcher has declared defensive driver training for young motorists a dangerous and outdated practice, as statistics show younger drivers are over-represented in fatal accidents.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