Speed awareness courses have a “long term impact” on driving behaviour, according to a new study.
Researchers interviewed 1,311 motorists who had been caught speeding and opted to attend a course delivered by TTC 2000 (part of the TTC Group).
Professor Robin Martin, Aston University Business School, carried out the research and concluded that the courses improve people’s attitude and intention not to speed in the future.
The researchers reviewed how people behaved before and after the course; what they had learned, their attitude to the course and their future intention to “positively modify their driving behaviour”.
80% of respondents said they would attend the course again because they knew they would learn something, and attendees said they shared course material with family and friends.
Respondents’ views of road safety initiatives also improved as a result of attending the course, and they also “realised the importance of driving within the required speed limit”.
People who blamed others for their speeding and had a mindset that they shouldn’t be on the course were less likely to change their behaviour, and those who already had penalty points had a “lower attitude” to the course benefits. Older people had the best attitude, particularly older women. Annual mileage did not have any significant impact on the results.
Professor Martin said: “The results clearly show that the speed awareness course led to reliable improvements in client’s attitude to speeding and importantly their intention not to break the speed limit.
“The benefit of the course occurred immediately and persisted several weeks after course delivery. The speed awareness course led to very reliable improvements in clients’ attitude towards not speeding.”
For more information contact Professor Martin by email: firstname.lastname@example.org