London, 7 Apr 2004.
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Press Release

OAPs are the safest drivers
says road safety organisation

On World Health Day, leading road safety organisation the Association of British Drivers challenges the UK's drivers to sharpen up their road safety skills by being OAPs.
Rather than simply sticking to the speed limit — no matter how low — and hoping for the best, the ABD calls on drivers to Observe, Anticipate and Plan.
Road Safety Spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie said
"We hear a lot about people breaking the speed limit, but they key road safety question is "what's the safe speed for the conditions"? There's no defence at all in running over a child at 10mph, 20mph or even 30mph - we want drivers to avoid accidents, not just stick to a limit and hope. OAP is one way to do this."
The ABD believes OAP shows the three key elements of safe driving:
Drivers need to be looking around them all the time, watching everything that goes on. They need to be checking for reflections of pedestrians in shop windows, looking behind parked cars for movements and making sure children on pavements aren't about to run out.
Drivers need to anticipate the worst. If there's a child standing on the pavement, don't blindly drive by at 20mph - expect him to run out and slow right down.
Drivers need to plan ahead - not just wait for accidents to happen. What if a cyclist comes out of that side street? Plan for the worst and hope for the best - but always know what you're going to do if the worst happens.
The ABD's chairman, Brian Gregory commented
"We believe road safety's become too simplistic and it's time to alert drivers to the skills they need. It's hard, with acres of traffic calming, speed limit changing every hundred yards and the roads in such poor condition to actually concentrate on the skills needed to drive safely - but it's vital. On today's busy roads drivers need to Observe, Anticipate and Plan like never before."
The ABD encourages drivers to take further training, from national organisations such as the Institute of Advanced Motorists or the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).


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