History of Young Driver Interventions in Scotland

YDI initiatives are important because young, novice drivers are particularly vulnerable in the period immediately after they pass their driving test.

YDIs can take a number of formats:

  • Live shows with the emergency services doing demonstrations, and victims of road accidents talking about their experiences.
  • Theatre in Education performing Friends Disunited (a play for senior secondary students dealing with becoming a driver) followed by ‘meet the professionals’ (Police, Fire Service, etc).
  • Practical hands-on experiences with breathalysers, enforcement cameras, etc.

Where YDIs happen

Many are held in venues away from schools. Others are held within schools. Such interventions are numerous and inventive and evaluations can vary from robust scientific research, to short questionnaires handed out to attendees on the day.

YDI stakeholders helped develop the ‘Get into Gear’ content

Road Safety Scotland then set up a working group to collate information about these YDIs and assess the extent to which they are rolled out nationally, with the engagement of community partners.

This group includes representatives from the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, Road Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Transport Scotland Road Safety Researcher, Scottish Government Education Directorate and a Young Driver Behaviour Specialist.

Data about interventions south of the border and further afield has been tabled and outside speakers have also been invited to give presentations.

This working group also created the complementary ‘Get into Gear’ online content.

Resources:
Education in Road Safety: Are we getting it right? McKenna, F. (2010) Report 10/113. London: RAC Foundation.