Training in the “Art of Braking” will show drivers that they must brake in advance of pedestrian crossings

21 March 2014

Driving school instructors and drivers are to be trained in the “Art of Braking”. These special lessons, designed to improve attitudes and behaviour on the roads, will be the central event of the “Brake in Advance!” campaign. The campaign is an initiative of the General Department of Road Traffic Safety of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Russian Association of Motor Insurers, with information support provided by NGO Road Safety Russia.

The training will take place over three days. The courses are open to anyone with a driving licence, and applications may be submitted via the Road Safety Russia website.  

The courses will have both theoretical and practical components. In the theory part, trainers will talk about the principles and basics of effective and safe braking. In the practical part, supervised by instructors, the participants will have the chance to master braking techniques. Upon completion of the training, all participants will receive a certificate and useful prizes.

In a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, about half of the respondents did not know what the braking distance is, or indeed that it increases with the speed of a vehicle. Only about half of the drivers were confident that they knew how to do an emergency stop, while 58% of the respondents understood how to use ABS.

Half of the respondents said that they regularly or occasionally saw drivers failing to let pedestrians across an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing, in violation of traffic regulations. There are evidently at least two reasons for this situation: poor attitudes of drivers, and limited practical knowledge about road safety, i.e. drivers are unaware of the consequences of breaking the rules. 

With these training courses, the “Brake in Advance!” campaign will fill gaps in driver education, demonstrating that it is vital to brake in advance of pedestrian crossings, regardless of whether a pedestrian is visible or not. Otherwise, a driver might find they do not have enough time to stop before a crossing and avoid knocking down a pedestrian.

The driving school system has a key role to play in creating a safe environment on Russian roads. Ensuring the quality of driver training is a road safety priority. Therefore, driving instructors will also attend the “Art of Braking” training course. Upon completion of the course, the instructors will be able to pass on the skills acquired to future drivers, with an emphasis on the importance of braking correctly and in advance.

The training will be held in the regions that are being targeted by the “Brake in Advance!” campaign:  Perm Krai, the Chuvash Republic, St. Petersburg, and the Vladimir, Kaluga, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novgorod, Omsk and Yaroslavl regions. At the end of the campaign, all the materials used in the training course (training film, studies, teaching aids) will be made available to download.



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