Famous Last Words Podcast

          I first met Russell White in 1992 when under the guidance of racing legend Frank Gardner, he was part of the BMW Driver Training team who were preparing a bunch of egomaniacs for that year’s Australian Grand Prix Celebrity Race. Yes, I was one of the “wanna-be” race drivers let loose on the streets of my hometown Adelaide, in brand new BMW318i’s, and I had a ball. I not only had an incredibly memorable weekend, but I guess more importantly, I learned a lot about car control from the likes of Russell. Russell went on to form his own driver training company ‘Driver Safety Australia’ and over the last 30 years has become one of Australia’s leading Road Safety advocates. He’s an author, speaker and is regularly asked to comment on road safety and general motoring issues, as well as being the driving force behind the ‘Australian Road Safety Foundation’, an organisation formed to create initiatives that address the devastating impact road crashes have on our society. Listen to Podcast...

Parents Move to Booster Seats Too Early

  A CARRS-Q evaluation of the changes to car child restraint laws has found almost a quarter of children up to seven years of age weren’t wearing the right type of restraint for their age. The study found that this was especially the case for three to four-year-old children who were being moved into booster seats or adult seat belts too early. In some cases the study even found child passengers weren’t restrained at all. Lead Researcher Dr Alexia Lennon said all this put children at greater risk of injury in a crash. “Restraints give the best protection when they are the right size for the child. The new laws were designed to help parents use their child’s age to tell which restraint is the most suitable,” she said. Dr Lennon said the evaluation endeavoured to determine whether new State government legislation for child restraints had been effective in getting children into restraints appropriate for their ages. “We found that children do appear to be more appropriately restrained than prior to the introduction of the changes to the law in 2010 and this is very encouraging. However, too many children are still wearing seat belts and other restraints that are simply too big for them. “Children should be restrained in forward facing child seats until they can’t fit into them any more and for most children, this doesn’t happen until they are at least four years old. Once the child has outgrown the forward facing seat, then a booster seat can be used,” she said. Dr Lennon said there was a place for retailers, particularly larger department stores, to...

Lane Filtering

Lane filtering can be quite difficult to understand. Watch this video from Queensland Transport and Main Roads to find out about lane filtering rules that apply to motorcycle riders in Queensland and how to keep safe while doing...
Driver Training

Driver Training

Innovation has been the key to our road safety success and we have revolutionised several aspects of driver training in Australia. What makes our training content unique from our competitors is our approach to introduce driver biomechanics, ergonomics, safe driving skills, fatigue and distraction reduction, attitude, observation and concentration.  The delivery (distribution) of a portion of our training challenged traditional post licence driver education in Australia. DSA pioneered and introduced the first driver safety training delivered via online courses and simulators. Customers and their staff now have driver training delivered more efficiently and effectively at a lower cost. Our driver education and management systems employ a range of training strategies that are supported by current research findings in the areas of bio-mechanics, human movement and driving psychology. Our goal is to create a better, safer and more balanced driver. We focus our driver safety message on saving lives of all driving...