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Advanced Driver Training - Yes or No?

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thestig

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There seems to be some people in our society that believe that Advanced Driver Training is not helpful in reducing accidents.

I believe that such courses act in a number of ways, but most commonly;

1. Through the resultant increase in driver skill and awareness.

2. The inherent attitude change young drivers undergo during the courses.

How many people agree/disagree?

I am most interested in hearing about people who have actually undergone such courses.

How many people think they should be introduced as part of the high school curriculum??

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P.S. For those amongst you that harbor intense feelings of paranoia and persecution. I am not in anyway associated with an advanced driving school, or any form of driver training advocacy group. I am someone who has undergone such a course and believe them to be beneficial to society at large.
 
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How many people think they should be introduced as part of the high school curriculum??
Well, you see, thta would be too difficult to implement into the school system! Driving courses are done in some schools, but only to get people to build up a few horus, and even still not in every school!

My school did that although one guy thoguht he was a cop and people that could drive got to pretend to be a cop and race around the learning area with others [OFF LEGAL ROADS btw]. Was done in the middle of moonee valley horse racing course.

I would be up for doing a advanced drivers course! AAMI have taken a good step, whre P Platers on fully comp can attend one free and get 10% off their premiums. Obviously AAMI see it as a good move that doesn't cost them more.

As for the course, we're talking DEFENSIVE right? Because there are other advanced driving courses e.g. Police and Escort (or VIP drivers) spring to my mind for reasons ;)
 

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I think it would help the young drivers greatly. School of hard knocks can be a tragic one indeed, so anything that can avoid the dangerous years of silly driving is a good thing.

Doing an advanced course in driving would go along way to achieve better road/car educated young drivers.
 

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I have done the level 1 Murcotts defensive driving course, and I have always thought these kinds of courses should be compulsary before getting yourr license.
The course I did was about 60:40 theory and driving, and concentrated on changing attitudes, rather than skills. The driving part was done in our own cars (after an inspection) and consisted of emergency braking and avoiding skills, as well as a slalom and a couple other exercises.
The theory included safe travelling distances, setting up a car properly (seating position, tyre pressures etc), some potentially confusing laws (roundabouts, merging, and some obscure situations that can occur)
I didn't come out of it feeling overconfident or invincible, like I thouoght I might. Instead, it hugely increased my awareness of the people and enviroment on the road around me, and did change my driving style in a few key ways
 

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Yes to DEFENSIVE driver training!

But!! when the time comes will those skills kick in or not, some people also have tunnel vision and dont bother to look at the sides of whats coming towards them etc..
 

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Having done, defensive, advanced, technique, offensive driving courses I can say EVERY one of them has helped me on the road at some point.

Defensive technique courses should be compulsory for all licence tests. There should also be continuation courses to test reflexes, laws and defensive techniques for ALL drivers under 40 every 4 years. Over 40 every 2 years.
 

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I had been driving for four years when I did the Peter Wherret course at Amaroo Park in 1974. I had never though of myself as anything other than an average driver, and wanted to find out how skilled or unskilled I was, learn to drive more safely and "have a good time" for the day.

It didn't take long to realise that after only four years, I still had much to learn. I came away from the course having learnt two or three things I still use in my everyday driving, such as power-off mid corner to tighten the line of travel and reduce understeer. I think I was a (slightly) better and safer driver by the end of the day.

I would strongly support any driver undertaking this form of training, but feel that you have to have had a few years of on-road experience for it to be really beneficial. Including it as part of a school curriculum isn't appropriate, because pupils lack the necessary experience and basic driving skills that are essential BEFORE you learn more advanced skills.
 

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yes should be compulsory
 

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i've done the defensive driving course at eastern creek. i think it can be beneficial, all it was, was hard breaking in different situations but still you learn a little.

i could see it as being VERY beneficial for someone who is only new to driving, to give them a feel of what its like and how the car acts in an emergency situation.

so it should be brought into schooling, or at least part of getting a license.
 
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