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Why it’s crucial
for the NRMA
to embrace new
SAFETY REMAINS A CENTRAL FOCUS for the
NRMA and will become even more important as we
enter a new era of mobility. This means providing our
mechanics with the best tools and training to keep your
car running safely. However, it also means giving you
the information you need to buy and run your car safely,
educating drivers and school children on safe behaviour
near roads and transport, as well as advocating for
safer roads, vehicles and public transport.
We know young drivers are among the most
vulnerable. While they make up about 15 per cent of
drivers, they’re involved in more than a third of annual
road fatalities. That’s why our Safer Driving School is
so important and why we’re supporting the federal
government’s $16 million investment in free driving
lessons through keys2drive.
My eldest son has just received his L-plates, so I
booked him in for driving lessons. The keys2drive
program driving instructors and parents work
together to help young drivers learn about road
safety. During the free lesson, a supervising parent
joins the instructor and learner to pick up teaching
tips and hear about changes to road rules. Thankfully
my son will learn to drive the right way and not be
tainted by my decades of bad habits, which I didn’t
realise had crept in until now.
We also work with schools to educate children about
road safety. Our primary school program is delivered
free to 120 schools per year, educating 45,000
students. Our Live Learn Drive program is designed
for high school students as they transition from being
a passenger to catching public transport, learning to
drive, and buying a safe first car. Our Patrols also visit
schools to teach basic car maintenance.
As part of United Nations Global Road Safety Week
in May, the NRMA Board met with ANCAP at the NSW
Government CrashLab. We saw the results of a crash
test between older and newer models of the same
popular car. The risk of injuries to the occupants in the
newer car was dramatically reduced. It puts end to the
misconception that older vehicles are built tougher or
safer and opened our eyes to the potential dangers of
older cars on our roads.
Some 15 years ago, only one in five new cars sold in
Australia had a five-star safety rating, compared to 80
per cent today. Older vehicles are over-represented in
fatality crashes, accounting for around one third.
Newer vehicles make up 31 per cent of the fleet, yet are
involved in just 13 per cent of fatality crashes.
Buying the safest car you can afford will help keep
you and your family safe. A late model car with a high
ANCAP safety rating is especially important for at-risk
drivers, such as those under 25 years old.
Technology has improved vehicle safety and each
year the hurdle to achieve a five-star rating is higher.
ANCAP recently announced that semi-autonomous
technology, like active cruise control, autonomous
emergency braking and lane keep assistance, is now a
mandatory requirement for a five-star rating.
We’re continuing to trial retrofitting Members’ cars
with a device to make them ‘connected’. This lets us
help with driver behaviour, journey planning, crash or
breakdown alerts and vehicle diagnostics, to see
issues before they happen.
The road toll is once again growing and changes in
technology will be critical to its reversal. There’s much
more we need to do and we’re constantly striving to
improve safety and give you peace of mind on the road.
ROHAN LUND GROUP CEO
Technology lies at the heart of safety
*Conditions apply, available at www.nrmasaferdriving.com.au/keys2drive. Lessons are subject to availability. The learner driver must hold a valid Australian learner licence. A parent or supervisor with a current
Australian full driver licence must also attend the keys2drive session.
Your key to
Teenagers are the safest when they’re behind the wheel learning to drive. However,
the risk of having a crash rises significantly once they get their P’s.
keys2drive is an Australian Government funded initiative aimed at reducing this risk
by providing a free driving lesson* including theory and practical exercises focused
on independent driving. A parent or supervising driver is also present, so they too can
learn from the instructor, getting everybody working together.
Visit keys2drive.com.au to learn more about this initiative.
Book a free keys2drive session
with NRMA Safer Driving today
Call 1300 696 762
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