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Practical interventions the focus of YDF session

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Practical interventions, in particular the use of live performances and virtual reality technology, will come under the spotlight during Young Driver Focus 2017.

Now in its fourth year, YDF 2017 takes place on Wednesday 26 April at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall. More than three quarters of the available delegate places have now been taken.

The agenda, now almost complete, will comprise 13 presentations from 15 speakers including the opening keynote address.

The afternoon session, themed ‘practical Interventions’, comprises five presentations including Mike Ketteringham, CEO of ingenie, who will outline the work of ingenie’s Driver Behaviour Unit, a data-led team that works with drivers to improve their performance.

This will be followed by two presentations looking at the use of live performances to influence young driver behaviour.

First, Mark Taylor and Lesley Allen, Surrey and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service respectively, will discuss a 12-month independent evaluation of Safe Drive Stay Alive (SDSA) performances in both areas.

Their joint presentation will summarise the outcomes from the evaluation and detail the steps being taken to further improve the SDSA programme and address the issues raised.

Next, Iain Watson, senior road safety officer with Suffolk County Council, will present ‘Braking Point’- a theatre In education production focusing on ‘normalising good behaviour’.

Braking Point comprises a series of presentations delivered to students to provide information that is relevant to all, and not simply focusing on poor in-car behaviour by some. The project is currently being evaluated and any available results will be shared in the presentation.

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is gaining in popularity among the road safety community, but relatively little is currently known about the effects and effectiveness of VR when used as a tool intended to modify behaviour.

Steve Ferris from Road Safety Analysis will outline the results from a study currently being carried out on behalf of Safer Roads Humber, to research the psychological and physiological effects that take place when viewing differing types of content through 360 VR headsets, and how this can affect behavioural indicators.

In the final presentation in this session, Simon Brown from Hertfordshire County Council and Antonia Petrie from West Midlands Fire Service will look at the next steps for VR in road safety.

Their joint presentation will explore different ways of using VR to reach targeted audiences – such as social media channel support. They will also examine how 360 film compares to regular film and the pros/cons of each, delving a little into some of the technical considerations when shooting VR.


Young Driver Focus 2017
Now in its fourth year, Young Driver Focus (YDF) examines current and future thinking with regard to the challenge of reducing crashes and casualties caused by the high-risk young drivers. It is jointly organised by Road Safety GB, FirstCar and the RAC Foundation, and sponsored by the young driver insurer, ingenie.

The fee for those from the public sector and third sectors and academia is just £125 and for other attendees £175 (both plus VAT).

With a limit of 200 places, and more than 150 already registered to attend, YDF 2016 is once again expected to sell out.

Click here for full delegate pricing or to register to attend, or for more information contact Sally Bartrum by email or on 01379 650112.


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Unfortunately Bob, the effect of introducing a large number of multiple choice questions prior to the practical driving test, instead of a handful of questions posed by the examiner has been the neglect of the HC. Candidates now often only study the bank of questions and their answers, when they used to read and have a reasonable understanding of the HC. Instead of widening and deepening candidates' knowledge of the HC, the effect has actually been the exact opposite. The DVSA has not accepted this fact and continues with its head in the sand.

My own daughters, neither of whom has passed a driving test, saw no reason to read either the Driving Manual, or HC, either before, or during, their practical driving instruction. They saw driving merely as the acquisition of some purely practical skills with no appreciation that those practical skills require some sort of theoretical framework in order to anchor them. Being able to make a vehicle stop, start, and be steered roughly where you need to go is of little use if you don't know when and where you need to make it go. That is where the HC and the Driving Manual come in: they are excellent books, but are seen as unecessary by many learners.
David, Suffolk

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Perhaps one can remind driving instructors that there is a simple to follow guide to safer driving and that is THE HIGHWAY CODE. I was speaking to a girl who recently had failed her second test and she insisted that at no time was the HIGHWAY CODE mentioned to her by her instructor. So is this common? Do we no longer recommend that the Highway Code be studied. If so why not? If it is not used and not considered of any value then that would answer many questions as regards to how bad the driving is with some people nowadays.
Bob Craven Lancs

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