Pre-driver Theatre & Workshop Education Research (PdTWER)

About this project

Project Background

Newly qualified young drivers are at a high-risk of death or serious injury within the first year of passing their driving test. Pre-driver education is currently delivered throughout the UK, which seeks to reduce the risks experienced by young and novice drivers. This research is being conducted in response to interest from deliverers and the wider road safety community in the UK in understanding how best to deliver interventions that contribute towards safer driving amongst younger drivers.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this research is to find out the best way to use pre-driver theatre and workshop education to support young and novice driver safety.

Project aim and approach

The aim of this study is to evaluate whether the content and format of pre-driver theatre and workshop interventions can help pre-drivers to develop effective strategies for coping with road related risk and have an impact on future collision and traffic offence involvement.

The project will work with several Local Road Safety Partnerships (LRSP) and Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) in the UK over a 3.5 year period to investigate and test the effectiveness of different approaches and content for pre-driver education.

This research will compare, typically testimonial based interventions, against research based alternatives, to determine the most effective way to proceed with delivering theatre and workshop interventions to improve young driver safety.

The study is expected to be delivered as a cluster randomised controlled trial, to ensure the highest level of evidence gathering to test the effects of the programmes delivered. This will involve FRS/LRSPs who are signed up to the project, to be randomly assigned a condition to deliver, which will be designed and evaluated by Elizabeth Box, Head of Research, RAC Foundation & PhD Research Student, Cranfield University.

Project Timescales

The project started in September 2019 and will be taking place across a 3.5 year period, concluding in February 2023.

Project partners & funding

The RAC Foundation, National Fire Chiefs Council, Kent FRS and Road Safety GB are jointly funding the research work being conducted across the 3.5 year study period.

The project funders are in the process of applying for funding to support the ground level delivery of the trial, which would then be made available to LRSPs and FRS that agree to take part in the research. The NPCC and AACE are also supportive of this project and will be involved as the work progresses.

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Updated: 21 Oct 2019