Vehicle manufacturers, dealerships, the DVSA and driving instructors should include a comprehensive lesson for motorists on how to use advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) so they are a road safety benefit and not a potential hazard, says IAM RoadSmart following the publication of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’s (FIA) ‘How to maximize the road safety benefits of ADAS’ report.
A group of MPs is calling for drivers to be banned from using hands-free mobile phones in England and Wales. While it has been illegal to use a handheld phone at the wheel since 2003, using a hands-free device creates “the same risks of collision”, the Commons Transport Select Committee has warned.
IAM RoadSmart has come together with Continental to support the tyre maker’s Vision Zero campaign to eliminate road deaths, injuries and accidents. Continental will work with IAM RoadSmart over coming months to engage road users at live experiential events. These will see attendees take the driver seat across a range of driving modules at test track locations, With IAM leading a module that gives a first introductory session to advance driver training, observing driver habits and advising on improvements that can be made.
A survey by IAM RoadSmart shows road users want the law to be far stricter on those who cause death and serious injury when driving. The survey of nearly 2,000 road users found nearly 80 per cent agreed there should be a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving.
Some 56 per cent of those who agreed said the maximum penalty should be between one and five years in prison; 44 per cent went further and felt the maximum penalty should be more than five years.
Associations including IAM Roadsmart and the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) have been marking EDWARD “European Day Without A Road Death”. For its part ETRMA has been doing this by informing drivers on the importance of tyre choice and service conditions to improve road safety across Europe.
IAM RoadSmart, the organisation formerly known as The Institute of Advanced Motorists, has become an official supporter of TyreSafe. The tyre safety association says it is delighted to welcome IAM RoadSmart to its ever-expanding network of supporters.
More than 65 per cent of motorists want to retain the right to drive even though driverless cars are coming, two new pieces of research have shown. IAM RoadSmart – formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists – conducted an independent survey of 1,000 British motorists and a separate poll among its 92,000 members.