The Honest Truth Background
For over a decade, FirstCar have worked to be at the forefront of road safety education and now provide award-winning resources, expertise and practical support to over 100 authorities and organisations across the UK.
Launched in 2004, FirstCar continues to develop new and innovative ways to help road safety practitioners deliver engaging and effective interventions for a variety of audiences. Today, FirstCar publishes over 2.5 million magazines annually and every new driver in the UK receives a copy when taking their theory and practical driving tests.
Alongside the print titles, FirstCar has expanded into digital publishing, video, and events, always on the lookout for innovative ways to connect with drivers and to share best practice among road safety professionals. Launched in 2016, Intelligent Instructor saw FirstCar expand its print portfolio in a different direction, with a magazine aimed at Approved Driving Instructors. This monthly publication has become the industry’s leading magazine for ADIs. As of September 1st, 2019, The Honest Truth project became part of FirstCar.
"Watching The Honest Truth develop over the years, I’ve always been impressed with the passion and innovation they’ve brought to young driver road safety. Identifying the opportunity for driving instructors to convey these vital road safety messages was a stroke of genius and FirstCar are delighted to be giving THT a home following the winding-up of the charity. We are all very excited to help this great initiative continue to extend its reach and influence in the new driver sector."
James Evans, Founder and MD, FirstCar
Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Chair of Trustees of The Honest Truth charity said “Ten years ago ‘The Honest Truth’ was started as a small project but rapidly became an award winning, national road safety initiative delivered in collaboration with police, fire and local authorities. Following public sector funding cuts the decision was taken to establish the project as a national charity in 2015 but the decision was recently taken to close the charity. We are delighted that FirstCar will continue the good work done to date as we still believe ‘small changes save lives’ and that as a result there will be young people walking around in the future who would not be.”
Sue Duncan, Secretary of the ADINJC said, "The ADINJC have been supporters of the Honest Truth for many years as it allows us to open the door for us to have difficult discussions with students. It has been developed in a student user-friendly way and allows students to make up their own minds by giving them the facts, not preaching. As ADIs it means a lot to be appreciated as road safety professionals and we can choose the level to get involved and the small subscription fee gives excellent value for money."