Road safety

IAM RoadSmart, a charity dedicated to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads, is involved in lobbying for improvements in road safety standards and leading the road safety debate with central government and within the motoring community. IAM RoadSmart is an advocate for lifelong personal development of driving and riding skills.

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IAM RoadSmart analyses multiple issues and viewpoints when considering ways to improve road safety, not least those of its, 92,000 members. Human factors are one of these – how the driver (or rider) interacts with the journey, the vehicle and the external world – as highlighted by the 2016 government report on road casualties: “All accidents have a cause and that cause is often someone making a mistake or exhibiting dangerous or thoughtless road behaviour”.

The 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Culture Index, a study of UK motorists’ attitudes towards driving. The report highlighted that the main areas of concern amongst motorists (who took part in the survey), included: Using a mobile phone whilst driving, aggressive driving and drug driving.

IAM RoadSmart Human Factors

Whilst the UK has seen massive reductions in the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads over the decades, that figure has plateaued at  just over 1,700 in recent years (reported road fatalities were 1,792 in 2016, 1,732 in 2015, 1,775 in 2014 and 1,713 in 2013. Reported serious injuries were 24,101 in 2016, 22,137 in 2015, 22,801 in 2014 and 21,657 in 2013).

Added to this, we are less than two decades away from driverless cars becoming popular on our roads. An important area of consideration is how driverless cars will exist on the roads alongside conventionally driven vehicles. What is certain is that the debate will not disappear as technology plays a bigger role in our motoring lives, and IAM RoadSmart will continue to play a central role in it.

IAM RoadSmart’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said: “Five years of flat lining road deaths is unacceptable. The huge gains in road safety made in the past now seem a distant memory. The government must show more leadership to really drive down road deaths in the future.”

News

Alan gears up to strengthen IAM RoadSmart’s NDORS offering in the market

Posted on 19/03/18 |

As IAM RoadSmart steps up its presence in the NDORS (National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme) market in the UK, the charity has appointed Alan Prosser as its new Head of Retraining.

Alan joins IAM RoadSmart from The TTC Group, providers of police and court-referred driving courses.

Alan,  has over 38 years extensive experience in the driver education and casualty reduction industry including 20 years as a middle or senior manager in the public and private sectors, taking a strategic lead in the delivery, management and development of driver behavioural change programmes, including the NDORS programme.

Alan will be instrumental in helping IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, strengthen its position in the driver retraining market, building on its success as an established provider in drink-drive rehabilitation programmes.

He said: “I was attracted to IAM RoadSmart because of its historical pedigree in road safety and improving driver and rider standards.  As the charity now looks to build on its heritage and drive forward into new markets, this is a really exciting time to be joining the team. I am looking forward to helping the organisation achieve both its charitable and commercial aims.”

Alan, who is a keen Birmingham City fan, has recently passed his full motorbike test and is currently working towards achieving both his advanced driver and rider qualifications.  He will continue to live in Staffordshire, with his wife and close to their two grown-up sons and families.

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IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart products and services visit the new website www.iamroadsmart.com                             

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart’s Driver Retraining Academy visit www.iamdra.org.uk                    

To find out the name of your own local IAM RoadSmart group please visit: https://wwwiamroadsmart.com/local-groups      

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