In 2016, the NFWI developed a partnership with IAM RoadSmart which resulted in a number of successful driving events being held around the country. Over a three-year period, over 1500 members took part in various driving experiences, all proven to help develop and improve women’s road confidence; from speed awareness, driving at night, motorway driving and 1 to 1 tuition with an IAM Instructor, all members who attended reported that at least one aspect of the event(s) reassured, or improved, their driving ability.
Following lockdown and continual changes to government restrictions, the NFWI felt that now more than ever, members would be interested in the benefits that our partnership with IAM RoadSmart could offer. Getting back behind the wheel, with heavier traffic, will require more caution especially as many drivers may feel out of practise or may have lost some confidence in their competence. Ability to judge things that previously felt like second nature, may be poorer, driving may feel unfamiliar and with heightened concentration levels, driving can quickly become tiring. We also need to be even more aware of other road users lack of skills, including their emotions such as patience or lack of it! Some drivers have been used to having quieter roads, creating temptations to speed, so adjusting to higher traffic and slower journey times may feel frustrating post lockdown.
For these reasons, the NFWI and IAM RoadSmart have been working together closely, sharing knowledge and experience, to put together a programme of activities, bespoke for the WI, that offer a variety of opportunities which members could access to help them improve, or reassure them of, their driving skills.
However, before the programme is launched, NFWI wants to be sure that what they are offering is exactly what members of the WI want. To help achieve this, NFWI would appreciate members taking 5 minutes to click on the link below and complete the survey. The results of this will help NFWI build a programme that meets the needs and interest of members, both short-term and long-term.
If you have any questions, or would like to share ideas or suggestions not covered within the survey, then please contact Helen Neal, Activities Officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org.