Wren's background in driving and road safety is extensive. He spent fourteen
years in the British police, mostly serving as a traffic patrol
that time he was trained as a police ‘advanced driver’ and ‘advanced
motorcyclist,’ scoring the second highest test marks in the history of
the force concerned, for the latter. British police advanced driving
courses are widely regarded as the highest level of road-driver training
in the world, and can total up to 640 hours to achieve the required
a necessary and frequent part of his duties, he attended and investigated many hundreds of road crashes, ranging from minor to
the last three years of his police service, Eddie was chosen, on a
full-time basis, to visit senior schools, colleges, and apprentice
training centres, to discuss safety and survival with groups of young drivers and
bikers. He gave several hundred of these talks.
specialist section to which he belonged was Britain's first such
police department and was the forerunner to many excellent
schemes, including BikeSafe
the wheel of a VW Phaeton - test drive results here
leaving the police, he became a ‘Department of Transport Approved Driving
Instructor’ and worked for the British School of Motoring. He was swiftly
promoted to supervisory instructor.
Because of his students’ high
driving-test success rates, Eddie was subsequently invited to become a driving
test examiner, but declined the offer.
later became a civilian investigator and handled many road accident cases on
behalf of lawyers and insurance companies.
then – by invitation – became the managing director of an advanced driver
training company, for which he recruited former police instructors and
arranged the training schedules for individuals who wished to learn to drive
to the same high standards as do British traffic patrol officers.
Wren was subsequently appointed as the only north of England driver for a
branch of the U.K. ‘National Health Service’ that organizes the delivery
of donor organs. This necessitated driving at extreme speeds for long distances on public
roads, but always with police clearance. In December 1999, he
was featured in the UK ‘Volvo Magazine’ regarding his position in charge
of training for the team of donor organ transportation drivers in Scotland.
has driven regularly and extensively in the USA over the past four years and
has now almost completed the writing of a book on driving in America.
adjacent photograph was taken in June 2003, on an occasion when he was categorically not
permitted to 'drive', when -- after many months of applications and planning -- he was allowed to take a navigator's seat during a two-plane
low-flying exercise in RAF Hawk jets, through the valleys of the English Lake
District and in Scotland -- a truly 'Top Gun' experience with some
of the best low flyers in the world. This was one assignment in his role as a freelance writer and photographer for
British and American magazines.
Wren is now the executive director of Drive and Stay Alive, Inc. (a
not-for-profit organization), and he is also the Vice President, and
Director of Policy, for Advanced
Drivers of America, Inc.
He is available as a speaker -- in the
USA or elsewhere -- either on practical driver safety topics, for senior
school students, colleges, universities, service organizations and special interest groups,
or on the subject of international comparisons in road safety
ideas, techniques and results.
his management, Drive and Stay Alive, Inc., has achieved the following:
first and so-far only North American Organization to be made a
signatory of the European Road Safety Charter (though this
was for DSA's global contribution to safety, not any Europe-specific
Best International Traffic Safety Website award of the
Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP -- June
national commendation from the Governors' Highway Safety
Association (GHSA) in the USA, "for outstanding commitment
to international highway safety" (July 2005);
for DSA's unique International Road Safety News, from the FIA
Internationale de l'Automobile), the governing body of world
motor sports (July 2005).
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