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          Speed Awareness Course Introduction


National Speed Awareness Course


This course has been designed to explore the possible reasons why drive exceeded speed limits and to try to prevent future recurrence. The Association submits two models for consideration as National Standards. The first is based on a theory only model and will concentrate on objectives 1 to 6 below. This can be followed by a further practical module, which will immediately follow the theory class. The practical model will follow additional objectives 7 and 8.

By the end of the course drivers should be able to identify:

What causes them to speed?
The consequences of misusing speed
Strategies for coping with speed related issues, and
Demonstrate an understanding of the correct use of speed for a variety of hazards


1 Develop correct attitudes and behaviour
2 To identify the benefits of compliance with National Speed Limit requirements
3 Ensure drivers leave the course having gained the correct attitudes and beliefs towards the misuse of speed
4 To recognise different speed limit areas
5 Identify the consequences of speeding - identifying the benefits and disbenifits of speeding
6 Recognise absolute personal responsibility for speed
7 To develop practical skills to reaffirm their attitude towards driving at the correct speed subject to the circumstances
8 To facilitate the clients with an opportunity to examine their attitude towards hazard perception with a view to behavioural change in practical driving.


Each course MUST cater for no more than 20 clients. It is essential that clients have the opportunity to input their views and experience and to take part in-group debate / discussion. By achieving this clients will take ownership of the content to reach the relevant outcomes.

The classroom must be a comfortable learning environment with adequate toilet and refreshment areas. There must be modern electronic presentation aids to assist with the delivery of the theory sessions.

The course must also cater for a diverse range of clients and be able to offer tuition to those with disabilities, religious or cultural needs and be able to accommodate those who's first language is not English.

To successfully complete the course the clients must:

Attend all sessions
Complete all course paperwork, including any relevant questionnaires
Make a positive contribution
Demonstrate a willingness to make a commitment to improve speed awareness skills and attitudes

Client Confidentiality

Assurance to clients that anything discussed within the course is dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Scheme Evaluation

A generic pre-course attitude and perception questionnaire will be required of each client together with follow-up questionnaire 6 to 12 month's later (timings to be confirmed).

It is recognised at this point that Service Providers will also want to focus on or give emphasis to issues affecting their location. The following list is optional and can be added to, but MUST NOT replace the following syllabus.

Casualty reduction figures
Urban or Rural bias
Local media coverage
Safety camera criteria & effectiveness
Local partnerships, who and why

In addition any course will not make reference to local enforcement criteria, signage or sites and these vary from area to area.

Service Providers Additional Responsibilities

Service providers will ensure all returns are made to the referring Police force within 7 working days of those clients who have completed a course.

Where appropriate, if a service provider manages the DVLA data on behalf of the police force the DVLA are updated within the same 7 day period.

Course presentation - Theory

Course Information

Theory Session 2.5 hours
No of delegates per course Max 20


• Record participant attendance – formal register
• Check driving licence – record endorsements
• Check appropriate person attends – photo licence or signature

Welcome and introduction of course presenters
• Cover Health and Safety and Domestic issues.
• Give an outline of course timetable.

Who’s who?
• An explanation of the partnership between the Police, County Council and the clients What is required of the clients?

To successfully complete the course the clients must:
• Attend all sessions
• Complete all course paperwork, including any relevant questionnaires
• Make a positive contribution
• Demonstrate a willingness to make a commitment to improve speed awareness skills and attitudes

Client Confidentiality
Assurance to clients that anything discussed within the course is dealt with in the strictest of confidence

Course aims and objectives

Explanation to clients of course aims and objectives as stated above.
Bare Facts

Explanation of the following:
• Driver / rider error is a contributory factor in 95% of crashes
• Excess speed for the conditions is an error
• Those who drive / ride fast regardless of the conditions are 3 – 5 times more at risk than those who do not
• Pedestrians killed / relation to vehicle speed
• Where crashes happen – motorway / rural / urban (3% - 22% - 75%)

Exercise 1
What causes drivers to speed?


To identify what causes drivers to speed

To recognise and address the different causes of speed including the
• Circumstances
• Environment
• Vehicle and
• Themselves


Task 1
Discussion on speeding

• Where were you caught speeding?
• How fast were you going?
• Did you know you’d been caught?
• Was the limit relevant?
• How did you feel when you received a ticket?

Task 2

By use of a three intertwined circle model clients are asked to identify the three driver related areas that can affect the driver’s speed.
• circumstances
• environment
• vehicle

Relate clients’ personal reasons for speeding to these three areas

• test driving car • test riding bike
• lapses in concentration • When you are angry
• going with the flow • listening to fast music
• racing • ‘red mist
• being late • tailgaters
• peer pressure • passenger pressure
• distractions • noble causes
• fatigue

• when the roads are quiet • unaware of dangers and consequences
• speed perception distorted • sun blocking speedometer
• distractions

The consequences of misusing speed


Clients to recognise the consequences of speeding – identifying the benefits and disbenifits of speeding


To identify and list all consequences which could affect
a) themselves
b) other road users

Task 1
Clients asked to write down what they think will be the specific consequences for misusing speed Group discussion

Task 2
Discuss consequences and recognise their effects on the driver and other people. Consequences:
• Loss of licence • Fines
• Inconvenience • Social effects
• Knock on effects with family and • Insurance problems friends
• Psychological effects

Cause to other people through your actions:
• Injury • Loss of job
• Loss of life

This could result in:
• Enormous fines • Imprisonment
• Major psychological effects

But you could also through your actions:
• Be injured • Lose your job
• Lose your life


The use of testimony from those who had suffered as a result of speeding motorists, by film NOT personal appearance may be used to good effect. “Sarah Smith” video available.
• The benefits of not speeding • Consequences V Benefits.

Exercise 3

Coping Strategies


The client to identify how he/she can cope with the issue that causes them personally to speed

Objectives 1.
To identify the coping strategy to: -
2. Deal with personal speed issues
3. Develop a personal plan
4. Address the needs of self-discipline

Task 1
Each client to note what causes them to speed
Each client to write down how he/she thinks his or her driving behaviour could be changed to address this causation Clients to share these ideas with the group

Task 2 These ideas all fit in to the acronym COAST CONCENTRATION OBSERVATION

Exercise 4

Hazard Perception

To facilitate clients with an ability to develop their hazard awareness skills and perception in relation to speed


To offer clients a number of driver related situations in which they can identify the hazards and relate these to speed awareness Resources
• Photographs/DVD clips – • Pen and paper preferably of local scenes
• Flipchart • PowerPoint/OHP

Task 1
Displaying a hazard awareness picture, explain to clients the purpose and process of this exercise.
Divide clients into groups and issue each group with a hazard awareness picture. Clients to identify the hazards on each picture. Task 2

Full group exercise. Display each hazard awareness picture on OHP or PowerPoint. Each group to identify their findings and full group to discuss. Reinforcement

Show DfT DVD ‘This vehicle is travelling at 35 MPH, collides with child and travels a further 21ft than if it had been travelling at 30 MPH’ Note. This is now carried out in line with the DSA Hazard Perception Testing. The people who developed the filming for the DSA Hazard Perception Test created the DVDs used. This has proven to be far more successful than using a static picture as when driving the focus is changing all the time. This also precludes this exercise from involving just purely identification and recall. Conclusion

• Revisit key topics of the theory session and allow time for question and answers.
• Driver Responsibility
• Who will be the next casualty? – If YOU do not change YOUR driving it could be YOU or it could be YOUR fault – even if YOU do not cause the crash YOU could make it worse or lose the opportunity to avoid it if YOU are speeding.
• YOU are the driver - YOU will get the points - YOU could lose your licence - YOU could be affected for life.
• What each driver is taking away from the course

For each driver to make a personal pledge to watch their speed with client writing their own pledges.

Course presentation


To assist clients in being able to recognise different speed limit areas and select a speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions. Each client is provided with a written “Driver Assessment Sheet” upon which they will be encouraged to improve on all aspects raised by the Instructor by the end of the course.


By the end of the practical session, clients should:
• be able to recognise different speed limit areas
• show an enhanced appreciation of the hazards likely to affect their choice of speed
• demonstrate appropriate use of speed

Clients are assigned to an Approved Driving Instructor on a two to one ratio. There are times when clients will receive one to one training. Unavoidable circumstances may dictate that some clients receive training on a three to one ratio, however this is to be avoided whenever possible.

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