Safer Roads DON’T Save Lives
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.