It has been known for
years that in war zones the military typically loses around a
quarter of its casualties in vehicle crashes which do not involve enemy action.
Take the case
of the four British soldiers killed in a road accident in Afghanistan
(headline on left). The media article states that they were on
their way to "
bad is the fact that other very high losses to military personnel occur in civilian
vehicles when people are home, on leave, from the front line. It might
be understandable that a soldier will relax when away from a battlefront
but with monotonous regularity this proves to be a fatal mistake.
Advanced Drivers of
America [ADA], as an organization, is not only led by people with a disciplined
background but also uses a uniquely-proven and suitably-disciplined methodology
to work effectively with personnel from any branch of the military and help make
progress in reducing the currently-wasted lives and resources.
instructor at ADA is Eddie Wren, a former UK traffic patrol officer
(similar role to American state police) who scored the
second-highest marks ever on the police advanced
motorcycle course and also qualified as a police advanced driver.
Wren's extensive driver-safety-related résumé is probably without equal
in North America and should be read if you are considering the
possibility of using ADA for military driver-safety training or any of
our other courses.
In turn, it
is worth emphasizing that the UK police method of advanced driver
training is the oldest, the most in-depth and the most-proven in the world. This
"System of Car Control"
suitable for the drivers of any road-going vehicles. It was
started over 75 years ago, in 1935, and has been continually developed
and refined ever since then.
ADA Chief Instructor Eddie
Wren in the "back seat" of an RAF Hawk Jet preparing for a full "top
gun" style exercise through Northern England and Scotland. Copyright
2003. All rights reserved.
The UK police
driver-training approach, which now blends appropriate attitudinal
aspects with essential and relevant practical training, includes a lot
of high-speed driving on public roads, using unmarked cars (or
motorcycles) with neither flashing lights nor sirens. This is done
-- obviously for police purposes only -- to put all of the
responsibility for maximum safety on the trainee police officer in
question. None-police trainees do the same training without the
"high speeds on public roads" element but the important point is that this methodology has been held to have cut police crashes to
approximately one-sixth of their previous level and to have held them in
that zone throughout the last several decades. This is why
the British Government sanctions the use of the high-speed element of
training on public roads where regular, civilian drivers have no
knowledge whatsoever that a police training vehicle is approaching very
fast. The excellent safety record speaks for itself. This
methodology works extremely well, with or without the
approach to military driver safety issues is three-pronged. We
tackle the key focus-area of attitude in a way which military personnel can relate to; we use
the world's most proven method of driver training (read
more detail about advanced driving and its history, here); and we underpin
these two aspects with unmatched highway safety knowledge, a research-based
approach and the use of global best practices.
“Marines need to have a plan, said Sgt. Maj. Michael Giannecchini, sergeant major of Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “We don't want Marines drinking, then driving and getting into trouble. We want Marines to have a good time... and make it home safely.”
On this web page are
two photographs which clearly have nothing to do with safe driving, as such, but
which we believe are relevant to the military mind-set. In 2003, Wren was
lucky enough to spend 70 minutes in the Weapons Systems Operator's ("Whizzo's")
seat of an RAF Hawk jet, throughout a low-level bombing and high-level
dog-fighting exercise in the northern half of Britain. RAF, USAF, Fleet
Air Arm, US Marines or whatever, there can be little doubt that the standard of
"vehicle control" Wren witnessed on that day was effectively as good as it gets.
differences between cars and flying a plane (though admittedly not a combat
plane) are that
– as we all know –
flying a plane requires more skill. However, a driver commonly faces far more potential conflict/crash
situations during every single mile of routine driving than a pilot ever does
during routine flying. Understanding and
explaining such differences makes seminars and driver training for military personnel much
more relevant and valuable.
It is also
worth mention that Wren's pre-flight conversations with
flying crew and officers did confirm his suspicions that the most
task – in terms of serious casualties – that Royal
Air Force personnel undertake is driving their own cars!
is half of the problem. Even the most highly-trained military
people take-for-granted the relatively dangerous task of driving. The very time they should be particularly cautious is the
time they are usually doing the exact opposite and not paying anywhere
near enough attention.
results are there for all to see.
suggested approach is that your base brings us in to run a seminar for a
reasonably-sized group of personnel, using pre-talk and post-talk
feedback so that we may tailor the information to your specific needs.
Put simply, we can
work with you to create a program that is highly appropriate for your personnel,
and naturally we focus on the approach that will most effectively minimize individual
Photo by Eddie Wren, from
one RAF Hawk to another, Copyright 2003. All rights reserved.
As an example, ADA
ran a three-year program for several divisions of a US Fortune 500 corporation
which in turn had provided driver training for its personnel, through other
suppliers, for each of the previous 17 years. Put simply, despite the prior
involvement of other driver trainers, ADA succeeded in cutting the client's
fleet crashes by over 50 percent and casualties by almost 80 percent, and
holding them steady at these new, lower levels!
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