Working in partnership with PSNI, the DOE in Northern Ireland has produced a ‘Safe Driving Teaching Aid’ to support the role driving instructors play in preparing new and young drivers for the “risks of driving independently”.
The pack includes a booklet which addresses topics including the risk of being a new driver, speeding, drink driving, seatbelt wearing, vulnerable road users, drug driving, inattention and mobile phone use.
Each topic has a section of key facts that can be discussed and a real life story about the consequences of taking risks on the road. The pack also contains prompt cards which can be used as a quick reference.
Mark H Durkan, Northern Ireland’s environment minister, said: “With this material we are tapping into the unique position of the driving instructor where he or she can encourage their student to remember the risks on the road, while mastering the mechanical skills of driving.
“The pack is an interactive aid designed to help the ADI discuss these risks with learner drivers. By choosing one topic to discuss during each driving lesson, the ADI can help new drivers feel the risks that they will face every day on the road. The teaching aid is a vivid and easy to use resource. It will create debate and stimulate discussion between the instructor and student.”
Assistant chief constable Alan Todd, PSNI, said: “This new education pack gives driving instructors the opportunity deliver a challenging message which graphically illustrates the dangers young motorists can face, how quickly things can go wrong and how lives can be shattered.
“We hope that it will help to positively influence drivers who are starting out on their long and safe motoring careers.”
A new page on the Share the Road to Zero website will complement the hard copy resource and new drivers signing up to Share the Road to Zero will receive a series of emails designed to embed the road safety messages imparted by driving instructors.