The Honest Truth

SmartLearner have teamed up with First Car on their ‘The Honest Truth’ campaign

to help deliver their road safety project across the West Midlands and Warwickshire!

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What is the 'The Honest Truth' campaign?

Each year over 825,000 people in the UK pass their driving test and enjoy the freedom and independence of being a driver. However, newly qualified young drivers are by far the highest risk road user group and road crashes are the number one killer of 17-24-year-olds in the UK.


The Honest Truth is a national road safety campaign delivered through collaboration with emergency services, road safety organisations, and driving instructors across the UK.


Our mission is to deliver no-nonsense, straight-talking road safety education, hence “The Honest Truth”.

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The Statistics

1 %
New drivers pass first time
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Crash within 1 year of passing
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Young drivers die each year

Our involvement in the 'Honest Truth'

As the leading driving school in the West Midlands and Warwickshire, we felt it was our duty to get involved and set an example to other driving schools and driving instructors in the local area. We are extremely excited to be getting involved in the project and feel this is a perfect way of ensuring driving lessons are used as a means to inform young people about the risks and dangers that surround them once they pass their test and are driving independently.


SmartLearner has always had a vested interest in promoting road safety in our local communities. Over the past 15 years, SmartLearner Driving School has played a crucial role in promoting road safety by giving presentations in local schools, colleges, and universities across Coventry, Warwick, Rugby, and surrounding areas.


In 2019, SmartLearner even helped to form the road safety charity ‘Because Your Life Counts’ also known as ‘BYLC’. Who delivers a wide range of road safety projects across the West Midlands and Warwickshire. They have previously worked on road safety projects with the West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, and even the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Get involved!

Book Your Lessons

The first step in getting involved in the ‘Honest Truth’ project is to get booked in with a SmartLearner Driving Instructor.

SmartLearner is an award-winning driving school in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. We will be able to find you a local driving instructor who is fully qualified and DVSA approved.

Finish The Training

When you start your lessons you will be given a Truth Card. This card will list the 10 truths (listed below) and upon completion of each topic your instructor will sign these off.


The ‘Honest Truth’ campaign is formed around the central idea of telling young drivers the truth about safe driving, without patronising or sugar-coating. The Campaign hopes that this approach will cause a behavioural change in how young people approach driving.

Win A Prize!

If your driving instructor has signed off all 10 topics on your Truth Card, congratulations! You can now register to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. Simply click the link below and you’ll be taken to the registration page.


The prizes available for completing the course change

The 10 Truths

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1. Distractions

Music, mobiles, laughing and joking. All signs of a good time, but in a car these things all increase the risk of a collision. Inattention is the most common reason for car crashes and one of the biggest problems facing you as a new driver is carrying friends in your car.

2. Drink Driving

1 in five 5 deaths involve alcohol. Young men aged 16-24 are more likely to die from an alcohol related road traffic collision and are the cause of over 400 deaths each year.

3. Drugs

Research by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) found that 17% of drivers who die in road crashes (more than one in six) have traces of illegal drugs in their system, which may have affected their driving.

4. Insurance

Insurance can be expensive and the biggest factors that influence your premium are age and where you live. Of course these are things you can't really alter, but these are not the only factors that influence your premium. Using popular price comparison websites, you can easily save up to 35% of the cost of your insurance.

5. Mobile Phones

A good driver is completely focused on the road. Always. Using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is a distraction and increases the risk of a driver crashing.

6. Seatbelts

In a crash, someone not wearing a seatbelt is twice as likely to die as someone who is using one. Research indicates that approximately one-third of those killed in collisions weren’t wearing a seatbelt. If you think you don’t need to wear a seatbelt because your car has airbags, think again. The proper term for an airbag is a Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) - supplementary meaning ‘in addition to’. That means in addition to the seatbelt!

7. Showing Off

Fancy a £150 fine and a long walk home? The police have the power to seize your vehicle if, after receiving a warning, you drive of the ride carelessly or without reasonable consideration for other road users, and in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance.

8. Speeding

Excessive speed contributes to 12% of all injury-causing crashes, 18% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 28% of all fatal crashes. That means around 500 people are killed each year on Britain's roads because drivers and riders travel too fast.

9. Tiredness

Young drivers are statistically more likely to crash because they are twice as likely to undertake a journey whilst feeling tired. One in four young drivers admit to continuing to drive while experiencing signs of fatigue, compared with one in eight of the rest of the population.

10. Road Users

Almost everyone walks and most people, at some time, ride a bicycle. And yet, around 45,000 cyclists and pedestrians are killed or injured on Britain’s roads every year. The driver was found to be at fault in most collisions involving a cyclist and a car. Cyclists are 30 times more likely to be seriously injured in a collision than a car occupant.