Home Menu Search

Additional funding for pre-driver education research

28 May 2020

Story from Road Safety GB.

A research project being led by the RAC Foundation, which sets out to establish the best way to use pre-driver theatre and workshop education to enhance young and novice driver safety, has secured additional funding.

The Pre-driver Theatre & Workshop Education Research (PdTWER) project was launched in October 2019 by Road Safety GB, the RAC Foundation, the National Fire Chiefs Council and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

It is being conducted in response to interest from organisations involved in delivering this type of intervention, and the wider road safety community across the UK.

The project has been granted additional funding from the DfT (£100k) and the Road Safety Trust (£28k) to support the ground level delivery of the piloting and trial work.

The aim of the PdTWER study is to evaluate whether the content and format of theatre and workshop interventions can help pre-drivers develop effective strategies for coping with road related risk and have an impact on future collision involvement.

The project team will work with a number of local road safety partnerships and fire and rescue services, who are currently delivering these schemes, over a three and a half year period, concluding in February 2023.

However, the piloting and trial work, originally due to take place between Sept 2020 and March 2021, has been delayed by 12 months due to Covid-19.

The research will compare ‘testimonial based interventions’ against ‘research based alternatives’, to determine the most effective way to proceed going forward.

For more detail, please click here.


Related news, events and information

DriveFit pre-driver education intervention wins a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety

23 October 2023 – DriveFit, which was developed and delivered as part of the Pre-driver Theatre and Workshop Education Research...

TIE – reduce risk and consequence content to include more BCTs

16 November 2020 – Story from Road Safety GB. Road safety professionals involved in the production of pre-driver theatre and...

Empowering Young Drivers with Road Safety Education

21 November 2023 – Practical guidance emerging from the Pre-Driver Theatre and Workshop Education Research (PDTWER)  Using 'shock...

DriveFit 2.0 project secures funding

11 March 2024 – The DriveFit 2.0 project , an initiative aimed at significantly improving road safety education for young and...

First speakers confirmed for Young Driver Focus

29 October 2018 – Story from Road Safety GB. The first two speakers have been confirmed for the 2019 edition of Young Driver...


23 June 2023 – DriveFit was developed by Dr Elizabeth Box, doctoral researcher at Cranfield University and director of...

Academy unveils spring 2019 training programme

15 January 2019 – Story from Road Safety GB. The Road Safety GB Academy has unveiled its spring 2019 training programme for road...

Older Road User Conference

17 January 2018 – It is being jointly organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with New View Consultants and the RAC Foundation...

Effectiveness of UK road safety behaviour change interventions

29 November 2019 – Story from the RAC Foundation. Big challenges remain in ensuring universal, high-standard evaluation of...