PILOT - vidareutbildning av unga bilförare: slutrapport

Sixten Nolén
Inger Engström
Kent Folkesson
Alf Jonsson
Birgitta Meyer
Bengt Nygård

The PILOT project used further education of young drivers to motivate them to use larger safety margins in traffic. The education was "insight-oriented" and focused on larger safety margins. The target group is drivers 18-24 years old. The general objective was to design and carry out the further education and to evaluate the education. The evaluation comprises three sub-studies with the following aims: 1. To describe the participants' opinions and long-term benefits of the education. 2. To evaluate long-term effects on attitudes and self-reported traffic injuries and driving behavior. 3. To evaluate long-term effects on traffic injuries reported to insurance companies. The evaluation was designed as a posttest between a randomised testgroup (n=1502) and a control group (n=803). The education consisted of one-day courses (four different types) with practical and theoretical contents. In total, 137 course days were carried out in the project. An "insight oriented" driver education focused on larger safety margins could influence young drivers on a "long-term" basis. The test group did understand the message in the education and considered themselves influenced as car drivers two years after the course. The education also had positive long-term effects on self-reported use of a seat belt, distance-keeping and overtaking, perceived ability to drive with safety margins and to attitudes/beliefs regarding seat belts and safety margins of young drivers. The results are consistent with the focus of the education and hopefully the results are positive from a traffic safety perspective. However, empirical evidents are still missing of the effects on driver behavior in traffic and on accident involvement.



Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshop in Stockholm

An open seminar and workshop in Stockholm will be held on 25-26 April 2018. The workshop deals with the use of CBA as a basis for decision-making in the public sector. The workshop is organized by, among others, Professor Jan-Eric Nilsson, VTI.

The 6st Humanist Conference

The 6th HUMANIST Conference will take place 13-14 June 2018 in the Hague, The Netherlands. The scope of the conference covers a wide range of topics on Human Factors in Transport. Tania Willstrand and Alexander Eriksson will present their research results.



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