PLEASE NOTE: This page is
still under construction. As we are asked further questions more
information will be placed here.
(1) What are the different
The initial agreement
provided was the Parent-Young Person Safe
Driving Agreement. This is aimed at the young person just starting
his/her driving and his/her parent(s) to provide a family approach
to road safety. Subsequently additional Agreement documents have
The next of these is the School/Parent/Child
Road Safety Agreement. This is aimed at the child just
starting school and covers issues such as safety in and around cars
and roads and emphasises the fact that children start to learn driving
behaviour at a very early age by watching adults. It also involves
a joint comitment by the school and the parent to try to maximise
road safety for the child.
Feedback from teen drivers has led to the development of the thrid
Agreement. This is the Peer Group
Young Person Road Safety Agreement. This is an agreement
between two or more young people to look out for each other.
The fourth Agreement is the New Born
Baby-Family Road Safety Agreement which addresses issues
regarding road safety of particular relevence to new parents, such
as appropriate seat child restraints, driveway safety etc. This
Agreement is still under development.
(2) Does the Parent-Young
Person Road Safety Agreement have to be between a parent and his/her
No. The Agreement can
be between any adult and the young driver. In some cases a parent
may not be available or even if one is, a young person may feel
more comfortable coming to an agreement with another adult such
as another relative, a friend or perhaps a teacher. Who it is does
not matter. What does matter is that the Agreement requires commitments
from BOTH parties regardless of who they are. The young person is
agreeing to certain conditions during the period he/she is a relatively
inexperienced driver, while the older person is agreeing to provide
support and in particular help at any hour of the day or night no
(3) Do all items have
to be filled in?
No. Any items may be omitted
or changed as mutually agreed. It is up to the two individuals concerned.
(4) Does it cost anything?
No. A copy of the Parent-Young
Person Safe Driving Agreement is downloadable from these pages,
as are copies of the other three agreements so far developed. Roads
2 Survival™ is a non profit organisation. Schools/organisations
may wish to distribute copies to their students themselves. An A4
version with the school's logo/crest/name on it can be supplied
at no charge. The school would then need to pay its own costs to
print and distribute them to their students. A school that has taken
local ownership of the program can have it's name and logo added
to the supporters page if they would
like to do so.
(5) Does it work?
Roads 2 Survival™
is a new program in Australia so there is no evidence locally as
yet. However, there is evidence that similar programs overseas have
been associated with a decrease in injuries, deaths and road traffic
offences. One program compared results in two adjacent counties
in South Carolina in the USA. They found that the county with the
program (Lancaster County) had a decrease in teen crashes from 90
to 65 while the adjacent county without the program (Greenwood County)
had an increase from 58 to 80. Over the same time period road offence
tickets issued to teen drivers went from approximately 950 to 610
in the county with the program and from approximately 620 to just
over 800 in the county without the program (See graphs below).
happens if one or other party "breaks" an Agreement?
The Agreements are between
the parties concerned and they can decide on what consequences
(if any) there should be for either breaking or following an Agreement.
As no-one is perfect, from time to time, maybe one or other signatory
may not fulfil an Agreement completely to the letter. However
it is hoped that the Agreement will remain as a commitment between
people who care about each other. Hopefully if the Agreement is
"broken" at any stage the consequences wont be fatal.
(7) Is there anything
else we can do?
Anyone, young or old
is likely to benefit from a defensive driving course or other
form of advanced driving instruction. While Roads 2 Survival™
does not endorse any specific course, people are encouraged to
identify a course in their local area and complete it. It would
follow the philosophy of the Agreement for a parent and young
driver to do such a course together.