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Roadcraft handbooks updated

Tuesday 20th August 2013

Two new editions of the ‘Roadcraft’ handbooks for drivers and riders, produced by the Police Federation and published on its behalf by TSO, will be published this month.

The new edition of ‘Roadcraft: The Police Driver’s Handbook’ was published on 19 August, and ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider’s Handbook’ will be published on 27 August.

The Roadcraft reference publications - developed in consultation with the police, other emergency services and driving instructors - provide guidance on becoming a better driver or rider.

They are used by driving and riding instructors, advanced driving and riding organisations and the emergency services to help road users become safer and more skilful in the most demanding situations.

John Graham, director of the Police Foundation, said: “These books are recognised as providing the very best in driver and rider training and are a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their driving or riding.

“Prepared through extensive consultation with experts and endorsed by the emergency services and leading driving organisations, they will make a significant contribution to improve road safety and help readers become safer and more skilful drivers and riders.”

Both titles have been through an extensive review and rewriting process to ensure the content is comprehensive and up-to-date, incorporating the latest technological and legal changes.

To coincide with the launch of the new editions, the Police Foundation has developed a new website where visitors can find out more about the history of Roadcraft and Motorcycle Roadcraft, get the latest news and sign up for updates.

Both titles will also be available as a PDF and, for the first time, in eBook format for iPad, Kindle Fire and Kobo.

Both titles are priced at £16.99 - click here or call 08702 430 123 to order a copy.


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The Roadcraft website proclaims "Two out of three collisions are caused by driver error..." A worrying and erroneous assertion in my view. Would anyone connected with Roadcraft like to tell us what the remaining third is down to?

Call me cynical, but could this tie in with the thinking behind the Road Death Investigation Manual whereby parties other than the drivers/riders involved could be suspected/investigated and possibly implicated in any proceedings e.g. Highways Agency, Highway Authority, etc.
Hugh Jones, Cheshire

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Hope that they make and repeat the advice that after becoming a safer or advanced driver/rider it doesn't mean that one can necessarily ride faster, say, following the vanishing point and totally disregarding the "drive/ride at a speed that you can brake in, on your side of the road and can see to be clear".

It seems to get lost somewhere, particularly round bends and the point that "making progress" may be the need in the event of an emergency for the services but not necessarily so for the rest of us.
Bob Craven, Lancs

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