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Young Driver Education Programme

The Young Driver Education Programme consists of a range of interactive workshops using multimedia and student-led activities. The workshops enable students to make safer choices as drivers and passengers.


Each workshop is delivered on a carousel system and can be delivered over a full or half day, depending on the size of the school.

RoSPA have recently evaluated the programme and it showed that for those students that attended the day there was a sustained improvement in their attitudes towards driving.

Each workshop is run by a member of the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership.

Topics covered on the driver education programme

Driving under the influence

Focuses on the effects of alcohol and drugs have on the body and brain and looks at how these affect a person's ability to drive. The workshop includes information on roadside testing, the 'morning after' effect and looks at consequences that a drink or drug driving conviction can have.

Distracted driving

Cover topics around different visual, cognitive and manual distractions for drivers. It also looks at how their actions and behaviour as a passenger can have an influence on how the vehicle is driven. The workshop also discusses seat-belt safety and looks at which services attend a road traffic collision. The workshop also discusses seatbelt safety.

Speeding and peer pressure

Focusing on changing attitudes towards safer driving, it explores, through discussion, what factors would cause a vehicle to leave the road and crash. It encourages students to think about who is affected using the 'ripple effect' and looks at the wider impact of a road traffic collision. Students are encouraged to develop a survival action plan as they are capable of speaking up in a car when they don’t feel safe.

Vulnerable road users

A discussion based workshop using video clips of young riders and drivers describing their experiences. The workshop will help young drivers become aware of the issues faced by them as vulnerable road users; due to the level of risk they face and in turn help them to make more informed decisions when out on the road.

The workshop also asks 'Just because it's legal, is it safe?'. This part of the workshop focuses on the interactive nature of cars and modern technology.

Cost

The Young Driver Education Programme is free of charge to all schools in Derbyshire.

Book a place

To book a place please email: youngdriver.education@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 538058 or 01629 538060.