A post-test driving course for newly qualified drivers in Buckinghamshire is delivering the “hoped for learning outcomes”, according to an evaluation of the course.
Get in Gear has been running since 2008 and more than 600 new drivers aged 17-24 years have completed the course. It was developed by Transport for Buckinghamshire with DfT partnership grant funding.
Get in Gear attempts to develop a driver’s self-evaluation skill through the use of coaching approaches based on the recommendations of the EU –funded HERMES project (2010).
The evaluation used a video based measure to assess whether participation in the course made the driver more critical of scenes shown to them. Overall, the findings of the evaluation were “positive and consistent with the hoped for learning outcomes of the course”.
June Howlett, road safety officer, said: “Recently Suffolk County Council signed up to deliver Get in Gear and we helped train and develop their instructors to deliver the course with a consistency and quality control that we feel is essential to the integrity of Get in Gear.
“With the Government’s postponement of the publication of a consultation paper on young driver safety, it is even more important that we continue to make progress where we can to raise the standard of driving among young drivers and cut the number of young driver casualties.”
Contact June Howlett on 01296 382338 for more information about Get in Gear and/or a copy of the course evaluation.