Speed awareness courses praised for effectiveness


A new piece of independent research has suggested that speed awareness courses are generally extremely successful as a way of improving the road behaviour of those who attend.

The extensive study, which was carried out by representatives from the Aston University Business School in Birmingham and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) business-university collaboration programme, concluded that there is a strongly identifiable, positive 'long term impact' when it comes to the course's aim of reducing instances of speeding amongst drivers who have previously been caught out.

Professor Robin Martin led the research, which was supported by KTP official Cara Donald, with a total of 1,311 motorists taking part in interviews after completing the courses they signed up to as an alternative to facing fines or further penalties on their license. The project, which lasted for around 18 months, was described by Martin as 'one of the best' and most reliable produced so far on the subject. 

Speeding convictions are still far too prevalent around the UK, and the careless driving which can lead to them being issued greatly reduces the benefits of purchasing one of the excellent value new vehicles available from a good Ford car dealership. Because of this, Martin's results are sure to be met with enthusiasm by reformed drivers and law enforcement authorities alike.

Some interesting specific results were collected by Martin and Donald; the study showed that 80 per cent of those questioned could see the advantage of taking the course again, and that older people - and women in particular - appeared to gain the most from attending the educational sessions.

Although all new and used Ford cars boast enviable safety records, there can be no denying that an overly high number of accidents related to driving unnecessary quickly continue to take place on the roads of Britain, so the news that speed awareness courses really do seem to be effective will be pleasing for all in the automotive industry.  

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