A recent meeting attended by Performance Driving Australia, Managing Director Mark Butcher highlighted the common belief that ‘dangerous’ roads are the leading cause of serious crashes in Australia.
The meeting was held as part of Tasmania’s road safety task force – Towards Zero program (www.towardszero.tas.gov.au).
With members of the community, emergency services and road safety experts in attendance the conversation seemed to center around the improvement of roads, installation of more barriers and other engineering solutions to help reduce the road toll.
“The 4 prong approach to road safety is based around safe vehicles, safe speeds, safe roads and road sides and safe road users – however the conversations between most attendees seemed to focus mostly on the roads and how we can improve them to reduce the road toll.
It has been my experience that many crashes occur because of drivers. In fact I would say nearly ALL crashes! We need to stop blaming the roads and spending millions on barriers and start focusing on the poor standard of training we provide our young drivers – and the lack of skills that our more experienced drivers have.
I would bet my shirt that 90% of drivers on our roads can not stop a car on a straight dry road from 100km/h in the minimum distance. In fact most drivers would take up to 20-50% longer to stop – or not brake at all scared the car will somehow lose control.
If drivers can not do that – they should not be on the road. Plain and simple. Our training system fails to provide real – relevant skills” said Mark Butcher.
Performance Driving Australia will continue to push for improved driving standards and subsidies for people who wish to obtain this life saving training however we are often ignored or pushed aside by so called ‘road safety experts’ who most likely couldn’t also stop a car in an emergency.
In the meantime we encourage drivers to attend programs and get the skills that may one day save your life.
The temptation to give your new high performance car a bit of extra right foot can be detrimental to your wallet, licence and ultimately your safety.
Never fear – Performance Driving Australia has the solution!
Advanced Driver Training – Baskerville Raceway, Tasmania.
With a growing demand for advanced driving training days, Performance Driving Australia have just held another program at Baskerville Raceway near Hobart in Tasmania this weekend and are planning additional dates now.
The most recent day was a huge success with nearly 20 new drivers attending the full day program that included a range of driving exercises to practice braking, cornering and general car handling.
Drivers were then provided with 1:1 in car tuition for a few laps before being allowed to use the full track in the afternoon.
Drivers who have attended an advanced driving morning session before were able to just attend the afternoon session at a reduced cost.
With a total of 25 drivers attending the Advanced Driving day, the Performance Driving Australia crew were kept busy and all drivers had a great day with plenty of track time.
The track was wet all day – providing an extra challenge but all drivers drove well with no one ending up in the kitty litter.
For the first time, Performance Driving Australia also engaged the services of St Johns Ambulance who attended with an ambulance and crew providing an extra level of safety.
“These days are growing in popularity as they provide a unique chance to drive on the track with training from our experienced crew. There is no safer place to test your car and skills and we are always pleased to see the improvement in drivers abilities after each program. We committed to running more of these in Tasmania and hope to expand into the other states in the future”.
Performance Driving Australia will soon be launching a Performance Drivers Club with special offers for our advanced days and more. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/performancedrivingaustralia or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.