Elizabeth Box MA MSc MCIHT

Head of Research, RAC Foundation

Generation next: The changing travel habits of young people

Elizabeth-BoxElizabeth Box is Head of Research at the RAC Foundation, an independent charity established to promote for the public benefit research into environmental, economic, mobility and safety issues relating to the use of motor vehicles.

Elizabeth is responsible for commissioning a large programme of research addressing taxation, mobility, safety, environmental and road performance issues. She has spoken both nationally and internationally about UK transport policy, and has also presented RAC Foundation views to Government and Parliament on a range subjects including school travel, learning to drive, older people’s mobility, traffic signage, road network performance, road safety compliance and future transport policy.

A transport planner by training, Elizabeth is an elected member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation. Both the Transport Planning Society and De Havilland have presented Elizabeth with awards in recent years for her success in the fields of research and campaigning.

Since the mid-1990s there has been a decline in car use among young adults, especially among young men. It is important to understand the factors associated with young adults’ driving behaviour, since this age group may be leading a trend away from car use. This presentation will outline the individual, household and local area level characteristics associated with driving behaviour in the UK among young adults aged 17-34yrs. It will also highlight the extent to which similar trends have taken place among pre-driving age young people (ages 11-16yrs) and what bearing these trends might have on the safety of young people on the road.