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Devon publishes report on older driver training interventions

Thursday 15th April 2010

A report by Devon’s road safety team examines the literature on older driver training interventions, with implications and recommendations for practice.

The report, conducted as part of the council’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with the University of Plymouth, focuses on behavioural literature, collision data and current practice in order to establish effective best practice interventions for increasing driver safety.

The aim of the research was to examine the evidence as to whether or not training interventions result in safer older drivers - and in what ways older driver services might develop and improve to make their outcomes more effective.

Poppy Husband, KTP associate and evidence base researcher for the Devon team, said: “I’m running a two year project that will help Devon develop a clear evidence base for its next long term strategy. 

“However, by working on a theme-by-theme basis I can help officers make service improvements as we progress, and everything I learn is cascaded to road safety personnel and partners through courses we’ve developed for the Devon Road Safety Academy.’’

Nigel Flower, RSO with responsibility for older driver services, said: “The report has already been really helpful and we are now looking at ways in which we can improve our products and services in line with its recommendations.’’

The reports can be downloaded from Devon’s homepage on the Road Safety Time Bank, or contact Poppy Husband for more information on 07837 855993.


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