A review of interventions which seek to increase the safety of young and novice drivers

  • Published: Transport Research Laboratory, August 2017
  • Authors: Pressley, A., Fernández-Medina, K., Helman, S., McKenna, F., P., Stradling, S., Husband, P.
  • Date Added: 12 Jan 2018
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018
  • Format: pdf


The primary objective was to identify interventions aimed at improving the safety of newly qualified drivers, that have the greatest potential to reduce the collision rates.


A range of search terms combinations were applied to identify potential articles. The review concerned interventions conducted from the year 2000 until the point at which the review was conducted (September 2015). The 402 articles were assessed by the research team. Selected interventions were then discussed within workshops with experts approved by the Department for Transport.

Key Findings:

  • Four types of interventions were recommended for properly controlled scientific evaluation in a future trial in GB:

    • interventions engaging parents in managing post-test driving in specific situations;

    • interventions engaging a range of stakeholders (and utilising a logbook approach) in increasing the amount and breadth of pre-test on-road experience;

    • interventions utilising technology (IVDRs) and possibly parents as well to manage driver behaviour post-test; and

    • interventions to train hazard perception skill.