Traffic crashes are the single greatest killer of 15-24 year-olds in OECD countries and within European countries. Young drivers pose a greater risk than other drivers to themselves, their passengers and other road users; socially and economically excluded young people being highly represented in accident statistics.
Research has indicated that inexperienced drivers, particularly young male drivers, tend to fall into the category of high risk threshold drivers. These drivers tend to have a particular set of attitudes that are associated with their lifestyles and driving culture. Risk taking is perceived as a normal part of driving as young people tend to have higher sensation seeking tendencies. This all has a huge economic and social cost on societies.
Improving traffic safety and reducing crashes and resulting deaths and injuries is a fundamental objective of the E-DRIVERS project as it aims to address the high levels of young driver risk by taking into account some of the highly complex root causes of the problem which include inexperience, age, gender , physiological and emotional development, personality, social norms and individuals’ socio-economic circumstances.
The E-DRIVERS project will address risky behaviours of young drivers and pre-drivers through needs analysis, peer to peer learning and learner education and training programme using e-learning and new technologies (e-platform and android phone application).
Training will be provided for interventionists such as teachers, trainers, youth workers, probation officers- people who are not road safety experts but have direct access to the target group. 3 international training events will pilot and test the train the trainers programme , preparing the interventionists to deliver the learner training programme.
E-Drivers will produce a trainer handbook, as bank of learning resources and a Handbook of Good Practices for policy makers and those responsible for road safety, community safety, police and justice systems at local and regional level.
It is expected that the E-DRIVERS project will impact at 3 levels:
1. on behaviour and attitude of young drivers and pre-drivers
2. on the actions of interventionists who are working with young people, either those at risk of demonstrating risky behaviour, or those convicted of offending behaviour
3. on organisations at local and regional level which are responsible for road safety.