Ben Haythorpe

Haythorpe_BenBen Haythorpe has many years’ experience in the education sector, having worked as a teacher and principal in schools in South Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan. He has specialised in the area of road safety education for the past 12 years.

Ben’s current role of Senior Manager Community Education has a focus on education programmes for schools as well as younger and older drivers. Coordination of the national keys2drive programme is part of this work.

Ben holds a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia.

Presentation: The keys2drive initiative

keys2drive is a joint initiative of the AAA (Australian Automobile Association) and the Australian Government. It is the most extensive novice driver training and road safety education initiative in Australia’s history.

keys2drive comprises three major components:
• A free 60-minute lesson delivered by a keys2drive-accredited professional driving instructor to learner drivers, accompanied by their supervising driver. This lesson introduces a new way of driver instruction for the leaners and their supervisors.
• A website for novice drivers,
• A voluntary accreditation scheme for professional driving instructors.

Over the past seven years, more than 400,000 free lessons have been delivered throughout Australia. Research by the University of New South Wales has shown keys2drive participants have a significantly lower crash rate than those people who do not participate.

The presentation will explore the design, delivery and successes of this programme.