Since the motor vehicle was introduced just over 100 years ago, it has claimed the lives of more than 26 million people worldwide. Yet, in spite of this tragic and avoidable toll, our love affair with the car has remained largely untarnished.
As long as it's not our family or friend's who suffer, we naively believe that we're immune to its perversity, and, that it could never happen to us. But sadly this optimistic perception contributes to the irresponsible behaviours of some road users.
Personal experience will generally confirm that average driving is safe. But in practice, average drivers crash the car at least once every five to seven years, more so in a fleet environment. And when this does occur, they tend to view it as a rare and unpredictable event that was of such a unique nature it was out of their control.
In spite of the colourful and creative array of excuses manufactured by some drivers, the truth is, almost 100 percent of crashes are the result of human error. In fact crashes are arguably an inevitable consequence of an unpredictable event occurring in what most drivers believe to be a predictable environment.
During a drivers career they will almost certainly experience a number of situations in which such an event could result in a crash. The driver educational services developed by Streets Ahead are designed to help drivers understand the possibility of such events occurring, but more importantly to educate people to drive in such a way that ensures these events do not translate into crashes.
Unlike the majority of driver training services available in Australia, Streets Ahead uses an educated and researched approach to initiate long term behavioural change. The bottom line is, if your aim is to achieve results in the form of enhanced safety with a corresponding reduction in collision and operating costs, then you need look no further.
On the other hand if you are seeking a bit of sensation and wanting to get out onto a racetrack - please refer back to the Yellow Pages. However before proceeding, we strongly recommend you read the research relating to skills based driver training in the most regularly asked questions section of this web site.
Road safety facts that should concern every Fleet & OH&S Manager
Forty nine percent of all workplace fatalities occur on the roads (National Occupational Health and Safety Commission 1998).
Even after adjusting for kilometres, company cars are involved in almost 50% more crashes than "ordinary drivers" (Lynn & Lockwood 1998).
"Training is an investment - invest wisely."
This web site is intended to provide you with a basic understanding of the responsibilities you have for the safety of your employees on the roads.