Keeping young and older drivers safe on the road will be the key theme at RoSPA’s 2016 road safety conference, which takes place on Wednesday (2 March).
The conference, titled Finding Solutions to Age-Old Challenges, will address risks associated with young and older drivers, at-work drivers and rural safety.
The one-day event takes place in Stratford-Upon-Avon and will also look at partnership working, education, evidence and evaluation, motorcycle safety and travel programmes.
Among the key speakers is Mark Bennett, European senior technical and training manager at Britax, who will discuss advanced high-back booster seat safety.
Nick Lloyd, RoSPA’s road safety manager, will speak about young drivers, while Christina Brown, the safety charity’s road safety research and evaluation officer, will reveal the results of a 12-month study into young drivers.
This year’s event will also focus specifically on the management of work-related road safety, as well as the launch of two new road safety resources.
Melvyn Hodgetts, champion programme manager for Driving for Better Business, will launch a new free online Fleet Safety Benchmarking tool to help employers measure their at-work road safety performance against other organisations; while Claire Robson, of Public Health England, will reveal a new guide to help schools promote safe active travel for children.
Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said: “This year’s seminar will have a focus on improving the safety of young and older drivers.
“Young drivers are more likely to be involved in road accidents than experienced drivers and sadly, they account for about 20% of all road deaths. While older drivers tend to be safer and more considerate, their health and fitness often begins to decline which can affect their driving.
“This conference will be a chance for road safety professionals to come together and find solutions for age-old challenges.”