This graph indicates a new driver is 4 times more likely to have an accident from the 1st day they move from L's to P's - when compared with a driver with experience of 2 years or more.
We can derive from this that there is
Drivestyle believe it is critical to reduce these accidents that build this quite scary statistic, through additional training and education. Our Excel programs build confidence, hone skills and equip drivers with Proactive Defensive Driving skills and advanced observation and avoidance techniques. We assist new drivers to focus on their attitudes and to understand hazards and dangers and to know their limits!
Check our Excel programs! Making a small investment in this program as soon as you gain your licence, will greatly reduce the risk of you being involved in an accident!
The focus of a professional trainer is on you. The Trainers vehicle has dual controls and the Trainer can take full control of the vehicle with brakes, acceleration and steering to avoid any potential situation. Your Trainer is qualified and experienced to capably drive the vehicle from the passenger seat. They have invested time and money in the right equipment and in learning the critical skills to teach you how to drive!
A Parent, family or friends can teach you the basics of driving and road rules, but being a driver is not a qualification for training.
Parents and others tend to panic if a possible incident unfolds, as their focus is on not scratching or damaging their precious car. They are emotionally involved with you, making it harder to be objective in assessing your driving and there is often a sense of competition - "you have to drive as well as me!"
You may do well enough to pass your licence test like this. But ask yourself; is this the best option - you know it isn't!
What you require is -
Your driving licence is a part of you for life and can be taken for granted once obtained. You will rely on it far more than you think. Driving allows you flexibility, freedom and to go wherever, whenever you want. Whether it is getting to school, Uni, work or heading off on a holiday with friends, it becomes a vital part of who you are, not just a bit of plastic stored in your wallet or purse. If you ever have it suspended, it will feel like both legs have been chopped off - ask someone who has had their licence suspended to see what I mean!
Many drivers believe if you are good enough to pass the licence assessment, then the Govt has confirmed that you know how to drive and that you won't get into difficulty on the roads.
Consider this - if you want to learn a work skill or gain a tertiary qualification - it takes 3-4 years of full time training to be qualified. That doesn't guarantee that you are proficient at the skill - just qualified!!
Yet - you can get your licence in a very short time and be out on the road in a 1 tonne piece of metal/plastic/fuel that turns into a potentially explosive missile or weapon the second you hit something or miscalculate.... think about that - it does happen and way too often - especially to new drivers and those under 24 years of age!Stick with me here - this is an important consideration!
Good driver training is a small investment with a priceless value - a skill that protects you, your friends and your family for your entire life. Learning to Drive well is one of the biggest steps in developing your personal independence and an exciting time. Strong skills, taught well and practised - will stay with you forever.
Ask yourself, do I want to learn someone elses' bad habits or "old road rules knowledge" from 20 years ago? Sorry Mum and Dad, but things have changed. If you want to check this, Parents I challenge you to do the mock assessment test for Learners and see how many you get right! And Parents - do have a think about what habits you may have already passed on to your children - good and bad. Remember your children have been observing you driving for many years - monkey see, monkey do?!!Why Good Driver Training is a "Priceless investment"
Try this exercise to gain an insight into my "priceless" value comment - take a calculated guess at what it costs to get through High school or a degree course or a work skill qualification. For instance, private schools can be up to $10000/term for 5 years - that is heaps, a degree generally leaves you with a HELP debt of $30-40,000. But then there are books, living/travelling as well. Considering these investments in your future, how much is your life worth? So where am I going with this I hear you ask?
Well, any of the above education/vocation skills invested in, are not likely to get you killed if you get it wrong. Driving can do this in a blink of an eye - is it worth investing a few $'s to learn to drive with style and good skills that in an emergency could save your life? Too right it is! Small investment, priceless value was my comment. Many people want to scrimp on driving lessons, some because they believe that many Driving Schools are simply people like themselves who have driven for 20+ years and think they are the best drivers on the road - what price do you put on your life?New Drivers have more crashes - Stats!!
Have a look at these statistics to see why new drivers and young drivers are so at risk - very scary to think that in 2009 178 road deaths involved drivers between 17-25. This amounts to 25% of all deaths, yet this age group only represents 16% of driver numbers. As a newly licenced driver you are 4 times more likely to be involved in an accident from the 1st day you get a licence. Having an accident can result in personal injury, vehicle repair costs, downtime, loss of licence if you are at fault - can you see why I say learning to drive well is a "priceless investment"?Crash Stats