The Road Untravelled: New Pathways Towards Safer Novice Drivers

 Organised by Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research, UNSW
Date: Friday 22 July 2016
Venue: Michael Hintze Theatre (Room LG03)
Tyree Energy Technologies Building (H6)
Kensington Campus, UNSW Australia

Registration (RSVP Deadline: Monday, 11 July 2016)

With sponsorship from:
The NSW Chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS)
NRMA Motoring & Services (Morning Tea)
09:00                Opening and Welcome - TBC
09:20 - 09:40   Overview of young driver crashes and interventions in Australian - T. Senserrick
09:40 - 10:40    B. Simons-Morton -Keynote
Preventing crashes among novice teenage drivers: research on risk and prevention
10:40 - 11:00    Morning tea
11:00 - 12:00    W. Vlakveld - Keynote
The rise, fall and rise of driver education at different moments in time in the USA, Australia, and Europe
12:00 - 12:25    Enhancing Learner driver lessons - B. Scott-Parker
12:25 - 13:10    Lunch
13:10 - 14:35    Managing impulse control in young drivers - J. Hatfield, E. Kehoe, A. Williamson
14:35 - 15:00    Cognitive based post-licence training for young drivers - O. Krasnova, B. Molesworth, A. Williamson
15:00 - 15:15    Afternoon tea
15:15 - 16:15    Expert Panel Discussion - Chair: J Hatfield
16:15 - 16:30    Wrap up
16:30                 Close
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton, EdD, MPH
National Institutes of Health
Preventing Crashes Among Novice Teenage Drivers: Research on Risk and Prevention
This presentation provides an overview of the young driver problem, highlighting current research on contributing factors, and argues that parents should be the primary focus of prevention efforts.
Dr. Simons-Morton is Associate Director for Prevention and Senior Investigator in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). He joined the NICHD in 1992, and served as the Chief of the Prevention Research Branch 1997-2015. His primary research interests are the etiology and prevention of adolescent substance use and motor vehicle crashes among novice young drivers. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications and three books, including Behavior Theory in Health Promotion Practice and Research (2012).
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Willem Vlakveld
The Rise, Fall and Rise of Driver Education at Different Moments in Time in the USA, Australia, and Europe
This presentation focuses on a recently-completed review of approaches to novice driver education and licensing in Europe and how these compare to approaches in North America, Australia and New Zealand. This includes attention to graduated driver licensing and higher order skill training, such as hazard perception, risk awareness and calibration skills.
In 1997, Willem Vlakveld started to work as a research advisor at the institute for advice on traffic and transport issues of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. In 2002, he started his research career at SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research. He has done studies on young novice drivers, road safety education and driver education, but he has also done studies on completely different subjects such as demerit point systems, the effect of impairments on driving capabilities and elderly cyclists. The studies on young novice drivers triggered him to start this PhD. He received his doctorate degree (PhD) at the University of Groningen after successfully having defended his thesis with the title: "Hazard anticipation of young novice drivers".