The AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety and the Environment

The AA Charitable Trust
for Road Safety and the Environment

 

 

(UK charity no. 1125119)

Think Bikes!
Open your eyes to your blind spot.  Think Bikes!

The AA and the AA Charitable Trust have launched a national 'Think Bikes!' awareness campaign, supported by British Cycling and The Motorcycle Industry Association.

UN Decade of Action for Road Safety

The AA Charitable Trust supports the UN Decade of Action for road safety

Charitable objectives

The AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety and The Environment (UK charity no. 1125119) was registered on 22 July 2008.

The objectives of the charity are;

The preservation and protection of human life and health by the prevention of personal injury to, and death of, individuals on roads and in motor vehicles in the United Kingdom in particular but not exclusively through:

  • Educating road users in road safety
  • Campaigning on issues of road safety
  • Promoting understanding and awareness of road safety and eco-driving to reduce environmental impact of motoring and to protect the environment.

The Charity aims to launch one major new initiative each year.

Trustees

The Charity trustees are:
Chris Jansen, Chairman
Edmund King, Director
Steve Dewey
Simon Douglas
Michael Cutbill
Melissa Poulter
Chris Howell
Jim Kirkwood


Future plans

The Charity's trustees are considering a number of possible ideas for new initiatives in the future.

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycles make up approximately 1% of traffic but account for 20% of fatalities

The trustees are considering several options to tackle motorcycle safety including the possibility of providing support to 'bike safe' and 'scooter safe' schemes.

Drug Driving

Half of drivers believe that drug driving is a more common problem than drink driving
Over 50,000 drivers a year would fail roadside 'drugalyzer' tests if such devices were being used by UK Police Forces.

The AA Charitable Trust is considering creating a schools education programme to take the message of the dangers of drug driving to young people 16-18 years old.

Other ideas

The AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety and the Environment would be pleased to receive ideas/proposals from AA Members for possible future schemes aligned with its charitable objectives;

The preservation and protection of human life and health by the prevention of personal injury to, and death of, individuals on roads and in motor vehicles in the United Kingdom in particular but not exclusively through:

  • Educating road users in road safety
  • Campaigning on issues of road safety
  • Promoting understanding and awareness of road safety and eco-driving to reduce environmental impact of motoring and to protect the environment.

Contact the AA Charitable Trust » if you have any ideas for possible future initiatives or if you would like to make a donation.


Decade of Action for Road Safety
UN Decade of Action for Road Safety

The AA Charitable Trust supports the UN Decade of Action for road safety

Drive Smart

Offering totally free eco-safe driver training packages

The Charity's first target was new drivers 'most at risk' – those who have passed their driving test in the last twelve months and have had an accident or points on their licence.

  • 20% of new drivers have a crash within 12 months of passing their test
  • A young driver is 10 times more likely to be involved in a serious collision than a more experienced driver
  • Teenagers are more likely to die on the roads than from stabbings or drugs

Drive Smart was launched in January 2009, initially to offer 2,000 totally free eco-safe driver training packages (two one-hour sessions with a fully-qualified AA driving instructor) designed specifically for the Charity to help new drivers. 

Supported by transport ministers, Drive Smart focuses on improving safety as well as 'eco-driving' techniques to cut fuel consumption.

Partners

The Charity has been working closely with a number of partners, including some police forces, to promote 'Drive Smart' – Greater Manchester, North Wales and Northamptonshire Police were the first on board.

In Police Forces running the scheme, new drivers stopped and cautioned or charged with offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while driving are written to by the Police Force and encouraged to apply for Drive Smart courses.

The charity continues to work closely with police forces that have expressed an interest in Drive Smart, and with other potential partners.

Read more and apply for a course

Drive Smart

 

Drive Confident wins Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

 

Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards

Drive Confident

Free guided tuition and practice for qualified drivers lacking confidence

If you're a qualified driver who'd like refresher driver training to increase your confidence on the road, you could be eligible for free training with one of the AA's qualified driving instructors.

In February 2010, the AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety and the Environment launched a second driver training programme, 'Drive Confident', aimed at qualified drivers in need of refresher driver training to increase confidence on the road.

Drive Confident offers two hours (two one-hour slots, or one two-hour slot) of free guided tuition and practice for qualified drivers who lack confidence in some areas of driving, or who might need some refresher training.

The in-car sessions will include an initial assessment followed by guided practice and coaching. An accompanying workbook supports the in-car sessions.

Drive Confident will be of benefit to:

Drivers with a full licence who have returned to driving having not driven for a long time

Drivers with specific concerns or difficulties with for example:

  • driving at night or in heavy rain/fog
  • driving in heavy traffic or rush-hour conditions
  • driving on motorways or dual carriageways
  • parking
  • roundabouts
  • busy junctions/traffic lights
  • overtaking

Read more and apply for a course

Drive Confident
Think Bikes!
Open your eyes to your blind spot.  Think Bikes!

The AA and the AA Charitable Trust have launched a national 'Think Bikes!' awareness campaign, supported by British Cycling and The Motorcycle Industry Association.

Think Bikes!

In March 2014 the AA and the AA Charitable Trust launched a national 'Think Bikes!' awareness campaign with support from British Cycling and The Motorcycle Industry Association.

One million stickers

Initially one million free stickers will be distributed to drivers as a reminder to do a ‘double-take’ in their mirrors for cycles and motorcycles in their blind spots. It is proposed that the cycle sticker is placed on the passenger’s side and the motorcycle one on the driver’s side.

Free stickers can be picked up from all Halfords outlets and will also be distributed by the police and directly to AA breakdown members in renewal and joining packs.

Original concept

The original sticker concept came from Tony Rich, AA Patrol of the Year, after his friend, Jack Bellis, was killed in a motorcycle crash. Tony and Jack’s family wanted to do something to help prevent such crashes in the future.

Launch

The campaign was launched on Friday 7 March at Marble Arch, London, with the help of famous Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman, 20 times TT winner John McGuinness and with support from the Metropolitan Police.

'New Deal'

For the AA, Think Bikes! is part of its ongoing commitment to improve road safety for all road users and forms part of the 'New Deal' for road users the organisation is championing; where all road users agree to stick to the rules of the road and treat each other with respect.

Those on two wheels never appear from nowhere

According to Edmund King, AA president and Director of the AA Charitable Trust: “The AA Think Bikes! campaign is definitely needed when AA-Populus research shows that half of drivers are often surprised when a cyclist or motorcyclist ‘appears from nowhere’. Those on two wheels never appear from nowhere so as drivers we need to be more alert to other road users and this is where our stickers act as a daily reminder. Likewise riders need to be aware that they may not always be spotted by drivers. We hope that this campaign can reach the parts that other campaigns can’t reach."

One million free stickers are being distributed

One million free stickers are being distributed

 

Drive Confident wins Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

 

Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards

Drive Worldwide

The AA Charitable Trust was awarded a grant through the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme to fund:

  • Around 4,000 hours of free Drive Confident and Drive Smart courses.
  • Customer research of course participants.
  • The development of a template to help other FIA member clubs roll-out similar schemes.

Feedback from participants in the UK shows the availability of free refresher courses for qualified drivers has a real impact on their ability to drive safely and competently.

The AA Charitable Trust hopes the template will encourage other clubs to improve the standard of driving in their country by developing similar courses.

The template giving guidance on how to develop similar schemes.

Download the template as a pdf

Drive Worlwide
Decade of Action for Road Safety
UN Decade of Action for Road Safety

The AA Charitable Trust supports the UN Decade of Action for road safety

Young drivers at risk

Nigel Mansell helped launch a joint AA Charitable Trust and Make Roads Safe report into young driver safety at the Silverstone Classic on 20 July 2012.

The report reveals the ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances surrounding drivers’ first accidents.

Key findings of the report centre on a survey of motorists on the AA/Populus panel who have been involved in car crashes.

Drivers revealed that nearly 40 per cent of them had crashed by the time they were 23 years old.

The results also show that a quarter (26%) had crashed within two years of gaining their licence.

Read more in the AA Newsroom »

Nigel Mansell

Young drivers at risk (pdf)

Download report
Decade of Action for Road Safety
Decade of Action for Road Safety

The AA Charitable Trust supports the UN Decade of Action for road safety

Drive for opportunity

Typically learning to drive is something young people only get the chance to do with the support of their parents, or other immediate family members.

But the freedom driving brings can help young people get a job, travel to work, build an independent life and manage their own social arrangements – vital steps for all young people, but particularly for those in care who may struggle to feel in control over their own lives.

Drive for opportunity set out to provide driving lessons for four teenagers within the Bristol care system.

The pilot project is a collaboration between the AA Charitable Trust and AA Driving School, Bristol City Council and Professor David Berridge from the School for Policy Studies at Bristol University.

The AA Trust has funded the tuition, which is being provided by three AA Driving School instructors around Bristol and is also monitoring the progress of each participant. Bristol City Council has been providing additional support to the young people involved, through their care team.

Edmund King, director of the AA Charitable Trust, said: “This project has been a real learning curve for us and has paved the way for us taking part in similar ventures again.

“Learning to drive is a life skill that many young people take for granted. It is difficult to fully appreciate how useful driving is, as teenagers make the transition to full independence. Driving is something most teenagers in care never get to experience and they are often the young people who need the most help to build a secure and independent future. "

Evaluation

The project will be evaluated upon completion, when Professor Berridge and the AA Charitable Trust will look at the achievements, challenges and longer-term impact the project had.

Drive for opportunity - Bristol children in care get into gear »

Think Bikes!
Open your eyes to your blind spot.  Think Bikes!

The AA and the AA Charitable Trust have launched a national 'Think Bikes!' awareness campaign, supported by British Cycling and The Motorcycle Industry Association.

Ride Before You Drive

Get involved in road safety research – get on the road for free

The AA Charitable Trust is helping to support a research project looking at the safety record of new drivers.

Part of this involves looking at new drivers who have also taken Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) for motorcycles. CBT is the first part of any motorcycle or scooter training and is a structured day in which you learn the basic skills required to ride on the road.

CBT training

The research project is being conducted by third parties, including the Motorcycle Industry Association.

This is a long-term project that will follow new drivers for a number of years post-test. Our support is largely at the start of the project as we are promoting the project to learner drivers within the AA Driving School and BSM and encouraging them to get involved.

Are you in the research area?

The team is looking for learner drivers aged 17-24 in the following postcode districts to take part:

AL
BN, BR,
CR
DA
E, EC, EN
GU
HA, HP
ME
N, NW
RH, RM
SE, SL, SM, SS, SW
TN, TW
UB
W, WD

Contact the project team

If you are an  AA Driving School or BSM pupil within one of these districts and are interested in finding out more about the research, please call the Ride Before You Drive team on 02476 408042 or email ridedrive@mciadmin.co.uk.

Learner drivers who take part in the project will form two groups:

  • 'CBT group' - one group will take their CBT (funded for free by the project), and
  • 'Control group' - the other will be a control group required only to complete three short yearly questionnaires following their driving test.

All learner drivers who take part, either in the CBT or control group, will receive a free £50 voucher for either the AA Driving School or BSM.


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