Road accidents have increased rapidly with over 400 people dying every day, as per the statistics. Be it the case of ‘drink and drive’ or caused by any other distraction, road accidents are becoming inevitable. This proves that there is an urgent need to take necessary steps for reducing death rates, surged due to road accidents. Awareness among the public about road safety measures and need for proper drivers’ training should be incorporated to avoid mishaps. If a driver is in the learning phase or is yet to learn driving, there are training programmes for every prerequisite.
Driving training for Learners
In driving training for learners, the basic focus is on imparting driving skills and knowledge of roads and traffic laws. The introduction of Pre-license training for new learners has allowed them to learn driving under the expert supervision of a skilled licensed professional.
Pre-license driving training in an early age definitely goes a long way in developing basic car control skills, as well as, in conveying proper road knowledge. However, it does not guarantee absolutely crash free driving. Also, more often than none, it has been noticed that training received prior licensing have contributed a huge deal in reducing crash rates. Therefore, it is utterly important for learners to receive driving training in order to become skilled at an initial level.
Off-road and on-road training for beginners
Off-road training, as the name suggests, is conducted off the road to train the newbies. According to reports, a minimal difference in skills can be spotted between the drivers trained via off-road and on-road training methods. Still, on-road training is considered to bear an upper hand in providing the best learning environment for new drivers to learn under supervision. Also, the on-road trainees’ experience has contributed a lot in diminishing crash rates.
Newly licensed drivers
Several training programs that specialize in imparting driving training only to newly licensed drivers are also available. Automotive Development Skills Council (ASDC) is a government recognized sector skill council that introduces learners with various such training programs, as per their need. It should be a mandate for even the licensed drivers to get training, as, according to research, these drivers have the highest risks of getting involved in crashes in the first six months without expert supervision. The training is supposed help them polish their skills.
Steps to be taken for effective driving
Workplaces can also play an active role in effectively reducing crash rates by incorporating the following activities for their employees:
- Defensive driving and other training programmes should be organised to reduce risks
- Organise special programmes for employees dealing with alcoholic or drug related problems
- Wearing seat belts while driving should be made compulsory for employees
- Get assistance of from NSC experts to check and execute the organisation’s road safety policies and systems.