To introduce driving to the school curriculum is viewed to save 400 lives yearly on the roads in the United Kingdom (UK). This is a proposal that’s currently backed up by a petition which has been launched to support it.
This is also being supported by the country’s major motoring organisations that include the RAC, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the Driving Instructor’s Association (DIA) and the Association of British Insurers.
The petition which was initiated by Young Driver doesn’t want the legal age of driving to be lowered from 17 years old but instead wants driving to be taught to school children at a younger age.
The supporters of this proposal said it would help save the lives of this most vulnerable group, because by providing them driving lessons in the classroom and practical driving courses, they will become safe and responsible drivers in the future.
The proposal’s other benefit would be to decrease the number of fatal road accidents involving young people travelling in the vehicles being driven by other young people at 17 to 24 years old. There’s a 25 per cent of all road fatalities in the UK involve passengers and drivers aged 15 to 19 years old.
Kim Stanton, who comes from Young Drivers’ group, has explained that driving a car is one of the most dangerous and responsible things a person can do in his or her lifetime. Learning the driving lessons must be done longer than the usual period of time, and it should be taught when road safety messages could be absorbed easily by the school children at young age.
A study showed that messages on road safety are well absorbed by children in their early age rather than at their driving age. By having this taking place at school it could be made inclusive for all. So the group is urging the people to sign this petition so that it can have the power to change things.
The high number of road accidents and the sad loss of lives as the result of unprepared young drivers really need to be tackled. Because it has been viewed obviously that the driving education that our young children are receiving is inadequate.
Learning such an essential skill shouldn’t be dusted and done in a few months. That’s why it has been strongly believed that the people should sign this petition and get the proposal debated in Britain’s House of Commons.
So, the government is now being prompted to add driving lessons to the national curriculum due to this petition which has been backed up by major motoring organisations. The basis of the proposal is the statistics that one in every five new drivers has an accident in the first six months behind the steering wheel after they passed their driving test.
Obviously, the proposal is an attempt to push the government not to lower down the legal driving age of 17 years old, instead, it should introduce a road safety tuition and mandatory driving lessons to the schools in order to give those children approaching their driving age the needed information on driving.