What Driver Need to do post

The Real World
By Ian Edwards
• A great deal of research into driver training has identified that
post-test training is ineffective
• Let’s just accept that's correct for a moment!
• Please discuss with the person next to you why this could be.
The real world
• Common barriers to skills transfer include:
– Time
– Distraction
– Peers / Self-image
– Drugs (including alcohol)
– Fatigue
– Poor skill calibration (Over confidence)
– Social environment
The learning process
Learning to drive can be seen as a 3 phase model:
• Technical Mastery
• Reading the road
– The test!
• Expressive phase
(Parker and Stradling 2001)
May not be seen in pre-test driving
“You really only start learning to drive after you passed the driving
The challenge
Skills transfer:
• What we know is that the closer the training is to the ‘real
world’ the more likely it is to transfer
– So how close is driver training?
A Blue Peter plan
With the person next to you discuss 5 things a young driver could
do to deal with peer pressure? You have 2 minutes!
A rehearsed solution:
• In training a driver needs to learn to:
– Identify future difficult events
– ‘Rehearse’ these events
– Develop believable personal coping strategies
• So, are we as future focused as we think?
What makes a good scenario?
• Needs to be real
• Ideally should be self-generated
• Should encourage self-evaluation
• Should aim to answer 3 key questions
– What is the issue?
– How does it relate to me?
– What can I do about it (remove/reduce/convert)?
Edwards I., 2010 NORBIT Conference
Self development
Self –
Self –
What does a driver need to do post-test?
• They need to:
– Recognise their own personal strengths and weaknesses
– Recognise when they are at risk
– Have a plan and want to implement it
• Training needs to be focused on the future!
• Road Safety GB CCL course

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