Advanced driving standard motorists more aware, says research

26th June 2012

A new study from Jean Hopkin Research Associates has indicated that motorists coached beyond L-test to advanced driving standard may be more aware than other road users.

According to the findings of a survey of 2,500 Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) members, 90 per cent of advanced drivers show more awareness not only for other cars but also any potential hazards.

A further 66  per cent believe that the advanced driver training also helped them to avoid an incident or collision, with another 78 per cent demonstrating better car-handling skills.

The research also highlighted the perceived value for money offered by the course, with 60 per cent stating their belief that their driving is more fuel efficient because of  taking it.

Its benefits among 17 to 29-year-olds were also demonstrated, with 49 per cent of respondents admitting they took the test to get cheaper insurance, while 60 per cent underwent the course to reduce their risk of being in an accident.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “This report also demonstrates an improvement in hazard awareness and therefore a reduction in the likelihood of an accident.

“Advanced drivers are significantly safer in a number of key areas, including speed, maintaining safe distances between themselves and other drivers, cornering and use of mirrors.”

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