Young Drivers' Expert Meeting

Thursday, 21 June 2012


Event write-up

Many thanks to all who were able to participate in this event held at Mercedes-Benz World. A special thanks to the presenters (copies of the presentations are attached above) and delegates who took part in the afternoon discussion.

During the break-out sessions the new national standards and the modernisation of driver training formed the central point of discussion; delegates considered if they were likely to provide an adequate foundation for improving the education and training of young drivers. They also considered ‘what next’ for:

  • Hazard perception training enhancement
  • Increased on road experience
  • e-learning
  • Telematics

Views expressed included:

  • Current test still does not offer sufficient to fully prepare the YD for the road. What is needed is a more structured education and training process.
  • GDL was favoured option – more effort needed to demonstrate to politicians the real advantages.  GDL was still seen as a vote loser.  Cost: benefit arguments need to be reinforced.
  • Consideration should be given to restricting YDs to less powerful cars.
  • There was a need for increased on-road experience to counter the Level 3 pressures – emotion, distraction, inclement weather  etc. 
  • As it was proving difficult to engage parents ( and others who may act in the parental role), log book approaches were being explored with some success.
  • Telematics as a supervision tool was  becoming acceptable and appeared to offer a good post-test coaching aid.
  • A greater understanding of the effects of telematics on performance was needed  including the moral, ethical and legal challenges set by its use. Evidence is becoming available from the commercial sector.
  • Restricted driving and the use of P plates still thought to be beneficial as could enforcement through ANPR.
  • e-learning was becoming popular as it was easy to deliver and flexible – it appealed to schools – over 300 schools now using the Drive IQ software.
  • Above all – interventions which seemed to work really needed to be proven to have a true ‘public health’ benefit.


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