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Advanced coaching changes driver's attitudes

By: Elizabeth Smythe
17 March 2011

Industry experts says that motorists should brush up on their driving skills after they've passed their tests if they want to avoid accidents, reports The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), found that continued driver training enhances skills and safety following the results of a study commissioned to examine whether advanced driver coaching made any difference to driver's mental state, in particular, whether it improved their attitudes, skills or knowledge.

Brunel University, which carried out the research, found that almost 70 per cent of motorists who took advanced driving lessons displayed safer skills when it came to basics like seat position, use of mirror and driving at a safe distance - when compared with drivers who have not opted for advanced coaching.

This is particularly pertinent for people who drive for a living, as the study results emphasised that accumulated driving experience is insufficient in improving driving skills; indicating that coaching might help drivers do their job more efficiently.

The IAM's Peter Rodger, a chief driving instructor, said he believed the government should do more to encourage participation in driver coaching schemes.  

He also added: "[Drivers] are more likely to take responsibility for avoiding and responding to incidents if they've taken the trouble to try and improve their skills later in life," on

"In a measure of people's attitude towards whether they believe they are controlled by luck or chance or have 'self' control over their actions, normal drivers score 60 per cent worse than drivers with advanced coaching and show significantly more of the attitude that previous research has shown to be implicated in involvement in fatal incidents."

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