Young Driver Interventions

Exposure to risk in interventions

Some argue that interventions encourage young drivers to get their licence earlier.

This is due to the fact that interventions often offer advice on how to get a driving license or offer practice in a car/skid training.

This is said to increase their exposure to risk…

Our findings

Evaluations of YDIs in Scotland show that this hands-on element of the intervention is often extremely popular amongst young people, who request more of things like the ‘driving simulator’.

The popularity of an activity does not necessarily bear relation to it’s usefulness in promoting behaviour change. These interventions may be accused of causing harm to young people but, currently, there is no evidence to prove this in the Scottish context.

Interventions increase confidence

Interventions can increase confidence about their driving abilities in novice drivers, without increasing competence, which when combined with getting a license earlier than they might otherwise, can lead to increased crash risk.

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School Based Driver Education for the Prevention of Traffic Crashes (Review). Roberts, I., Kwan. I. and the Cochrane Injuries Group Driver Education Reviewers (2005) The Cochrane Collaboration. London: Wiley.