The University of Southampton has become the very first recipient of the prestigious IAM RoadSmart Human Factors Research Award – a £50,000 award towards funding a PhD student project for research into the training implications for drivers as vehicles become more and more automated.
IAM RoadSmart has expressed its disappointment in yet another year of negligible overall progress in the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on the roads in the UK – and suggests drivers must take their share of the blame.
A coalition of road safety and motor industry bodies, including IAM RoadSmart, are encouraging private and fleet car buyers to insist on Autonomous Emergency Braking when they buy their next new car – a measure which could save hundreds of lives on our roads.
A poll by the UK’s biggest road safety charity IAM RoadSmart of more than 2,300 visitors to our website has lifted the lid on some of the worst motoring distractions drivers have spotted on the road – it reveals that UK drivers appear to treat the driving seat as an extension of the bathroom mirror with a wide range of personal grooming activities going on behind the wheel.
With the Department of Transport announcing today (25 August) trialling of platoons of self-driving lorries on England's motorways, Britain’s biggest independent road safety charity is advising there must be more reassurances on issues such as cyber attacks as well as basic road safety needs such as telling other drivers which trucks are in the platoon.
The UK’s biggest road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has warned that the rush of drivers investing in dash cams may not yield any increase in prosecutions for dangerous driving as many hope – and may also lead to fewer visible traffic patrols as officers spend more time analysing amateur footage.
The UK’s biggest independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart maintains that we will not gain the full safety benefits of self-driving cars until every car on the road is connected to each other – a statement that has now been backed up by a white paper produced by experts at the University of Michigan.
Leading independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has welcomed confirmation of the Government’s plan to allow learner drivers on motorways to improve safety, saying they are long overdue and should make a significant difference to accident rates amongst new and inexperienced drivers.
IAM RoadSmart is doing its bit to reduce the numbers of crashes in some of the worst accident areas of the UK, by offering free one-to-one expert driving tuition locally to drivers in Portsmouth and Southampton – before the scheme is rolled out nationwide.
Making speeding as unacceptable as drink driving still seems a long way off given the results of today’s speed compliance statistics from the Department of Transport (1). While 96% of drivers rate drink driving unacceptable (2), 81% of cars are exceeding 20mph speed limits on a regular basis.
As IAM RoadSmart announces that its Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme course has been approved for delivery in key areas of the North of England in what is another mark of the organisation’s increasing influence on road safety in the UK, Lesley Upham announces her tenure as Commercial Director for the charity will come to a close at the end of July.
Around two-thirds of UK road users would support a scrappage scheme for older diesel cars, vans and lorries in an effort to get the worst polluting vehicles off our roads, according to a survey by IAM RoadSmart.
We all know it’s impossible to find the ideal Father’s Day gift year after year, as a cupboard of socks, dressing gowns, gardening gloves and car shampoo will testify … so how about the gift that keeps on giving – IAM RoadSmart’s Advanced Driver or Rider Course?
IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, has today launched its own manifesto calling on all road safety professionals with one simple message: “Work together to reduce the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on the UK’s roads.”