UK road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has announced a range of bite-size safer driving modules.
These courses, set to launch early next year, will include driving on motorways, rural and urban road, overtaking, vehicle management and manoeuvring.
They have been created as one-off one-to-one sessions which last between one and two hours, enabling drivers to brush up on a particular area of concern. All of these modules are conducted by IAM RoadSmart’s advanced driving experts in the customer’s own vehicle.
The themes of these modules are based on extensive research the charity has conducted over the last year, including its existing members (currently over 92,000) and more than 7,000 non-members. This work includes eight customer focus groups, a survey with Mumsnet and Gransnet, and 6,000 drivers aged 40 and under.
Sarah Sillars OBE, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, said: “Currently, the majority of drivers do not undertake any further training after they pass their driving test. But like any skill, driving should be regularly developed. What we have done is to make post-test, on-road learning as easy and accessible as possible by addressing the areas drivers tell us they would like extra help with.
“We know that people have little spare time in our fast-paced society and what we have come up with offers great flexibility and a chance to be a more confident and safer driver in a way that fits into their lives.”
Lesley Upham, IAM RoadSmart commercial director, added: “We know that sometimes people do not know where to go to find help with their driving and may feel a little embarrassed to say they have never driven on a motorway, or are nervous to drive after dark.
“We are here to help. It is far better to ask for assistance than risk having an accident, or not go out and enjoy your driving.”