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Free e-learning platform to be trialled at young driver event

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Around 1,200 students are expected to visit a two-day young driver event taking place in Cambridgeshire this week.

Organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, the event takes place at Huntingdon Racecourse on 28-29 June and is designed to help put youngsters ‘on the right road to safety’.

Attendees will be able to try their hand at various road safety related activities, including being the first to trial a new regionalised version of Drive iQ*.

The free e-learning platform assesses individuals through a range of interactive online modules covering topics including distractions, alcohol and drugs, seatbelts, thrill seeking, eye scanning and perception.

Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Jason Ablewhite, the new regionalised version of Drive iQ features filming on the roads of Cambridgeshire.

The resource aims to change the way young people begin learning to drive by providing the online learning package to schools and colleges.

Other activities at the two-day event include:

  • Five crash car simulators
  • Receiving driving test snippets from DVSA driving instructors
  • Learning more about young people's insurance
  • Trying the latest mocktails
  • Gaining motorcycle/moped safety experience
  • Testing their knowledge and gaining experience of general car maintenance 

More than 30 organisations, including emergency services and motoring experts, will be on hand to offer information and advice.

Matt Staton, of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, said: "We've been really pleased with the success of previous events and hope to make this year even better.

"It'll be a great chance for young people to get involved and gain the knowledge and skills they need to help protect themselves and their friends as road users.

"Whether they're already driving, learning to drive, a passenger or public transport user, there will be something there for everyone."


*Drive iQ is a free online education platform for novice and young drivers. By putting young people through potentially hazardous road scenarios in a virtual environment, Drive iQ accelerates frontal lobe maturation (not usually fully developed until early – mid twenties) and improves the skills often neglected by young drivers, such as anticipating danger abd risk management.


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Thanks for the comment Keith. I'll try and get a reference for you to answer your query.
Matt Staton, Cambridgeshire

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Out of interest is it possible to obtain the empirical data that evidences the statement *..Drive iQ accelerates frontal lobe maturation (not usually fully developed until early – mid twenties) and improves the skills often neglected by young drivers, such as anticipating danger abd risk management"

Has there been a study of the effectiveness of the programme already? Or is this statement based on what they hope the programme will achieve.
Keith

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