40 Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) from across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes have attended a training course in a bid to reduce young driver casualties.
The courses ran as a joint venture between road safety teams at Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) and Milton Keynes Council with support from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The course focused on ‘client centred learning’ and was designed to help ADIs meet the new ‘standards check’ which they will have to undergo from April 2014. The new check assesses their ability to instruct and whether their instruction helps a person learn in an effective way.
The course, delivered by Ian Edwards from eDriving Solutions, followed the format of previous courses held in Buckinghamshire, with a mix of presentations, role play and videos.
June Howlett, road safety officer with TfB, said: “Research shows that the average person will need at least 47 hours of lessons and 22 hours of private practice before they pass their test.
“We aim to support ADIs by sharing research and best practice so they are in a position to influence young drivers not only to pass the test but to give them the skills and knowledge to enable them to drive safely in the critical period immediately after passing the test.
“Feedback from the ADIs who attended the course has been overwhelmingly positive, with instructors telling us the information they receive during the course can be applied directly to the delivery of their lessons on road.”
Janet Blake, cabinet member for planning & transportation at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “Supporting instructors who are in a position to influence future drivers is central to raising driving standards across the county.
“This is just one of the many initiatives we and our partners deliver across the county to try to reduce the number of young drivers killed or seriously injured on our roads”
For more information contact June Howlett on 01296 382338.