A FLAGSHIP virtual project which aims to
increase the iQ of potential learner and novice drivers has been
rolled out across Neath Port Talbot.
The first of its kind in Wales, Drive iQ raises awareness of the
hazards on the roads and aims to educate novice and potential
drivers about the need to behave responsibly before they take the
Neath Port Talbot Council is working in partnership with a2om, a
leading UK e-learning organisation, which has developed a suite of
online modules enabling students to develop their knowledge as both
driver and passenger.
The purpose is to raise levels of self-awareness and build
coping strategies to keep them safe when they drive, particularly
unaccompanied post driving test. All the modules are based on
evidence and scientific research and have been designed around the
European Goals for Driver Education to address driver attitudes,
beliefs and behaviour even before students sit in the driver's
Drive iQ is a set of 8 modules delivered free to schools and
colleges by the a2om cic (a not for profit company). The idea is to
engage with students and help them understand that a good driver
drives with their mind, as well as their hands and feet. Technical
skill is essential but the predominant factor in crashes is
behavioural or attitudinal issues. Half the battle is to understand
these issues, the other half is to learn to overcome or avoid them.
Whilst the modules can be done in isolation, there are guidance
notes to enable each module to be turned into an interactive
This broadens the experience of each student and helps to ensure
that they see the range of views and even have a chance to reflect
on their own thoughts, resulting in change of attitude. Topics
covered include eye scanning, seatbelt usage, hazard perception,
distractions and the anatomy of a crash.
Once ready to take the wheel, students can gain further
experience through the Drive iQ PRO through our accredited ADIs and
gain a BTEC qualification in driving.