Right formula for safe driving

WHEN it comes to safety in the workplace, education takes top priority, but what about education on the largest workplace of all — our roads?

NSW Centre for Road Safety statistics show road fatalities are on a downward trend, but with 178 deaths in the last 12 months among drivers alone, it is easy to think otherwise.

Younger drivers remain significant contributors, with the under-25s representing 25.8 per cent of the fatalities.

With the legal driving age at 16, these figures are disturbing.

Ian Barratt, chief instructor at The Formula Company's recent driving school at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, said risk perception was critical in reducing the toll.

"What our course can offer younger drivers is tools to measure and assess the level of risk in their current driving," he said.

"These tools help young drivers make quicker and more definite decisions on reducing risks while driving."

On July 1 the NSW government took a step towards improving road safety by unveiling a new course for learner drivers at the school.

With the only purpose-built driver education centre of its kind in Australia, the safer driver program combines international driver research with the latest in professional training.

The five-hour course includes exercises on the road and on circuit to stimulate a range of wet and dry driving conditions.

"Drivers will also get the chance to practise emergency brake techniques in a safe and controlled environment," Mr Barratt said.

To top it off, all learner drivers taking part will receive 20 hours towards their log book time.

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