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Few takers for defensive driving course

Published:Sunday | August 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Alphonso Grennell (right), managing director of Grennell's Driving School, addresses participants in a Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association/Grennell's Driving School defensive driving seminar last Tuesday at King's Plaza, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew. -Photos by Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer
The cover of a defensive driving manual shown on a screen during last Tuesday's defensive driving seminar.

Anthony Minott, Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) and Grennell's Driving School teamed up to put on a defensive driving seminar at the JGRA's King's Plaza, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, office last Tuesday.

There were eight participants from the public sector and private entities in the one-day course.

Coordinator Alphonso Grennell, managing director of Grennell's Driving School, said the course's main purpose "is to train drivers to prevent collisions; it's basically crash prevention". However, Sandra Kenny, chairman of the JGRA's Road Safety Committee, wished more companies had sent employees for training.


Participants played out the 'what if' (keep alert and be prepared) scenario, which is a process of anticipating possible problems before they happen. In one scenario, two children are playing on the sidewalk and one steps out into the road. Suddenly, the driver needs to react promptly and decisively to avoid hitting the child.

Some of the factors affecting drivers were also taken into consideration, including physical, mental and emotional conditions that cause a driver not to be totally in control of the vehicle and put themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk.

Fatigue is a strong factor in causing crashes, and Grennell noted that people do a number of things to delay sleep whenever they are on the road. However, he said, "the only cure for sleep is sleep". He emphasised that truck drivers, such as those who haul gasolene and have to make long journeys, should always get adequate rest.