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Monday 9th November 2009

Liverpool launches pre-driver scheme

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Liverpool’s road safety team, in partnership with British School of Motoring, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has launched a pre-driver training scheme.

The scheme, which targets students before they take their driving test, is designed to improve the attitude and behaviour of future drivers. It aims to maximise the benefits of intervention before driving habits and behaviours are established.

Small groups of students have 40-minute lessons divided between practical driving activities in dual-controlled cars and discussion sessions.

The students are trained in basic driving skills before taking turns to drive through a coned course at 20mph. They then drive the same course with distractions such as changing a CD, using a mobile, wearing distortion glasses and with conversations going on.

For further information contact Martin McIntyre on 0151 233 2440.


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Comment It took me a while to search on the net, only your site explain the fully details, bookmarked and thanks again.

- Kris
Mallorca, Mietwagen

Comment The schools are selected from wards with the highest incidences for young driver collisions. As this scheme was originally a pilot we produced a before and after attitude evaluation but we have now received external funding through the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and the scheme will be evaluated by an external company.

The objectives of the sessions are for the young people to undertake contrasting driving experiences with and without external distractions. We utilise the services of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to deliver the ‘Drive to Arrive’ resource which explains the consequences of negative driver/passenger behaviour.

We have also started utilising Aftermath Support which gives the students the victim perspective of traffic collisions and then Merseyside Police deliver the ‘Fit to Drive’ impairment test to show the students the process if your stopped by Police and they believe your driving is impaired by illegal or medicinal drugs.

Although the aims of the scheme are the similar as most pre driver initiatives our objectives are clearly different to those of Mega drive.
Martin McIntyre, Liverpool

Comment This seems to be a bit like Megadrive?
steve NW

Comment Interested to see the comment from Edinburgh Napier University. What are the objectives of this intervention, please, as it is those rather than aims which can be evaluated? Thanks
Mandy Rigault. Oxford.

Comment Sounds interesting. How are participants selected? Is the intervention being evaluated?
Stephen Stradling, Edinburgh Napier University

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