Encouraging education in road safety

  • Published: RoSPA Road Safety Congress Proceedings, 2007
  • Authors: S. Hardy
  • Date Added: 18 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016


To summarise the evidence regarding horse riders and road safety, and describe the BHS riding and road safety test


Paper prepared for the 72nd RoSPA Road Safety Congress

Key Findings:

  • It is essential that all drivers learn how to behave when they meet a ridden horse and that they know what to expect; likewise riders need to know the correct way to behave when they ride on public roads.

  • The BHS developed their riding and road safety test over 30 years ago and this has evolved over that time to take into account the increasing volumes of traffic on all roads. In that time over 200,000 candidates have taken their BHS Riding & Road Safety test…with 120,000 of them reaching the required 80 per cent pass rate.

  • The Department for Transport supports and encourages road safety through the Think! Campaign.

  • Further support for learning the correct process comes through the Highway Code which has its own Rules for Horse Riders.

  • The BHS Riding and Road Safety Test is broken down in to 3 separate sections:

    • The theory test,

    • the simulated road test, and

    • the road route


Road safety, horses.


Conference paper.


Report not available online