Why do drivers who crash cars, keep crashing cars?

Contrary to what some drivers would have you believe it's not wet roads, bald tyres, faulty brakes or even Leyland P76's that cause car crashes, it's drivers who fail to recognise and more importantly respond to the environment in which they are driving.

In fact, it would be fair to say that car crashes are often the result of something unpredictable occurring in what most drivers consider a predictable environment. The reality is that average driving will produce an average result. In a fleet setting, this typically equates to one crash every four to five years, whilst for the private driver, it is generally one crash every eight to ten years.

And whilst logic would tell us that people learn from their mistakes, it would seem somebody has forgotten to tell most collision prone drivers. Because car crashes are rare, many drivers, males in particular, find it is easier to deflect responsibility to some inexplicable phenomenon.

By failing to accept responsibility, or externalising or diverting fault to an extraordinary circumstance or third party, drivers fail to learn. Once the driver finds a believable excuse they promptly return to the road adopting the same behaviour that caused the crash in the first place.

Obviously in many cases this means the process will once again repeat itself. In fact this is precisely the reason insurance companies refuse to provide cover for some drivers.

Streets Ahead offer a range of services designed to help drivers understand and accept their mistake/s. These programs are structured in a way that identifies what a driver has done wrong, and more importantly, what the driver can do to ensure the same thing never happens again.

Either the Driver Risk Audit and Coaching Session, or the Crash Investigation process would help drivers learn from their already costly and potentially life threatening mistake.

Sadly there are times when crash investigation becomes more than an educational process. In the event a driver is seriously injured or killed there are often many people who want answers.

The thorough investigation of such events may be necessary for legal reasons, or simply as an organisation concerned for the well being of its staff, and consequently wishing to eliminate the prospect of a similar event occurring in the future.