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YDF 2018 launches with ‘early bird’ delegate rate

The 2018 edition of Young Driver Focus will once again be staged at the event’s ‘spiritual home’, the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall on Wednesday 25 April.

Young Driver Focus 2018 will be jointly organised by FirstCar, Road Safety GB and the RAC Foundation, in association with the young driver insurer ingenie, who has been the event’s headline sponsor for the past four years.

Delegate registration is now open and there is once again an attractive ‘early bird’ rate for the first 50 Road Safety GB and Academy members who register to attend.

Now in its fifth year, Young Driver Focus is now firmly established on the road safety calendar as the ‘must attend’ event for road safety professionals seeking to learn more about young drivers; how they think and behave, and how to address the challenge of reducing casualties caused by this most vulnerable road user group.

Planning for the 2018 event is underway the organisers hope to be in a position to publish an outline agenda by the end of September or early October.

The event will follow a similar format to previous years, with a mix of presentations from academics and road safety practitioners.

However, following feedback from attendees there will be more time set aside for interaction with the audience, including a ‘Question Time’ session featuring some of the speakers.

There will also be a ‘fringe’ event running alongside the main conference programme, which will include a practical workshop focusing on the use of behavioural change techniques (BCTs) in the use of road safety interventions.

As in previous years, the 2018 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards will also be presented on the day.

The early bird rate for Road Safety GB and Academy members is just £125 plus VAT.

The rate for other attendees from the public sector and for those from the third sector and academia is £175, and for all other attendees is £195 (both plus VAT).

All previous editions of Young Driver Focus have sold out in advance of the day, and the organisers once again expect this to be the case in 2018.

James Evans, founder of FirstCar, said: “Last year we were proud to welcome a record number of delegates representing a record number of different organisations, and we’re hoping YDF 2018 will be even better attended.

“Young driver issues are at the heart of what we do at FirstCar and this conference seeks to bring together like minded road safety professionals in one room, on one day to uniquely address and discuss these very specific issues.”

Click here to book to attend or for more information contact Nick Rawlings (speakers and agenda)or Sally Bartrum (delegate registration). Both can be reached on 01379 650112.

There is also an opportunity for a small number of organisations to exhibit alongside the conference – for more information about this (and sponsorship opportunities) contact Richard Storrs, commercial direct at FirstCar, on 07707 56 44 22.

Young Driver Focus 2017 – as it happened

Simon Brown and Antonia Petrie

Young Driver Focus 2017 has once again sold out, with a little over 200 delegates from across the country set to descend on the Capital this Wednesday (26 April).

Taking place at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, the exhibition that runs alongside the conference is also fully booked with 10 organisations set to participate, including sponsors Vauxhall and lunch sponsors Solon Security.

Summary:

  • YDF2017 – taking place at the RAC Club, London.
  • Event sold out – more than 200 delegates set to attend
  • Click here to read more about the agenda
  • Click here to see summary of all the conference speakers (via the Road Safety Newsfeed).

Young driver schemes recognised with awards

A host of road safety initiatives have been recognised at the 2017 First Car Young Driver Awardsceremony which took place this afternoon (26 April).

Now in its third year, the awards’ scheme recognises the efforts of road safety professionals to reduce casualties among young drivers.

Held as part of the 2017 Young Driver Focus event, the awards were presented in five categories: Best Education and Training Initiative; Partnership Scheme; Young Driver Campaign; New Scheme; and Private Sector Initiative.

The winners were decided by a carefully selected panel of judges with extensive industry experience. For all awards the judges looked for schemes with clear and measurable aims and objectives and for evidence of evaluation.

Gold, silver and bronze awards are awarded in each category, with the exception of Private Sector Initiative which has seen two schemes highly commended.

The 2017 awards were sponsored by Road Safety Support (RSS) and presented by James Evans, founder of FirstCar, and Mereddyd Hughes, chairman of RSS.

See all the 2017 award winners here…

Stage set for sold out Young Driver Focus 2017

Young Driver Focus 2017 has once again sold out, with a little over 200 delegates from across the country set to descend on the Capital this Wednesday (26 April).

Taking place at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, the exhibition that runs alongside the conference is also fully booked with 10 organisations set to participate, including sponsors Vauxhall and lunch sponsors Solon Security.

Now in its fourth year, Young Driver Focus examines current and future thinking with regard to the challenge of reducing crashes and casualties caused by the high-risk young drivers. It is jointly organised by Road Safety GB, FirstCar and the RAC Foundation, in association with the young driver insurer ingenie.

Following the opening keynote presentation by associate professor Teresa Senserrick from the University of New South Wales, the first session features the country’s chief driving examiner Lesley Young, (the new driving test), Catherine Motteram from the DfT (young driver research) and Laurence Atchison (PACTS) who will look at the safety of young drivers and riders across Europe.

The second session focuses on young driver behaviour and features presentations from Lucía Magis-Weinberg from University College London (the teenage brain), Ian Edwards (the use of behavioural change techniques) and James Watson from the Behavioural Insights Team (‘nudge unit’).

The afternoon comprises a series presentations covering practical interventions, with a particular focus on the use of virtual reality (VR) and performance-based interventions in educational establishments.

The event will also see the 2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards presentation ceremony, with 20 public and private sector organisations in contention for the five awards to be presented on the day.

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‘Nudge unit’ to present at YDF 2017

DSC0095Delegates at the 2017 Young Driver Focus conference will hear how behavioural insights can be used to improve road safety.

The presentation will be delivered by James Watson from the Behavioural Insights Team, the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences.

Young Driver Focus will once again be held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London on 26 April 2017. The 2017 event is being jointly organised by Road Safety GB, FirstCar and the RAC Foundation and sponsored by the young driver insurer, ingenie.

The Behavioural Insights Team, commonly known as the ‘Nudge Unit’, began life inside government in 2010. The team aims to use insights from the growing body of academic research in the fields of behavioural economics and psychology to encourage, enable and support people to make better decisions.

James Watson joined the team in August 2015 and has worked on a variety of projects in schools and colleges. This included a set of interventions aimed at improving numeracy and literacy levels among further education college students.

More recently, his work has focused on tackling crime through behaviour change, including multiple trials in partnership with a large police force and an initiative to protect banking customers against fraud. Prior to this he worked at the University of Bristol testing parent engagement interventions designed in collaboration with Harvard University.

Now in its fourth year, Young Driver Focus (YDF) examines current and future thinking with regard to the challenge of reducing crashes and casualties caused by the high-risk young drivers. It is intended to benefit both private and public sector road safety professionals.

While all the ‘early bird’ places have been snapped up, the fee for those from the public sector and third sectors and academia is just £125 and for other attendees £175 (both plus VAT).

Young Driver Focus 2016 sold out well in advance and with a limit of 200 places the 2017 event is once again expected to be fully subscribed.

Click here for full delegate pricing or to register to attend, or for more information contact Sally Bartrum by email or on 01379 650112.

– See more at: http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/5438.html#sthash.TqeWhUAu.dpuf

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International expert is first confirmed speaker for Young Driver Focus 2017

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Associate professor Teresa Senserrick, an internationally-renowned expert with regard to young and novice driver behaviour, will fly in from Australia to deliver a keynote presentation at Young Driver Focus 2017.

Young Driver Focus will once again be held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London on 26 April 2017, and for a second consecutive year will have an international focus.

The 2017 conference was officially launched last month and there is currently an attractive early bird rate of £100 plus VAT for Road Safety GB and Academy members.

Associate professor Teresa Senserrick heads the novice road user research programme at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Originally trained in developmental psychology, Teresa has two decades of experience in health and safety research. Since focusing on road safety in 1999, she has become internationally renowned for her expertise in young and novice driver research, particularly with regard to driver training, education and graduated licensing.

Her current work includes a focus on novice drivers and motorcyclists and disadvantaged youth and communities.

She has authored more than 200 publications, reports and presentations and been called upon to provide policy advice in Australia, the United States, Sweden and Argentina.

She is also an associate editor of the journal BMC Public Health, and has been a supervisor and mentor of PhD candidates since 2008.

Teresa Senserrick will follow in the footsteps of her compatriot Ben Haythorpe from the  Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, who addressed delegates at Young Driver Focus 2016.

Young Driver Focus 2017
Now in its fourth year, Young Driver Focus (YDF) examines current and future thinking with regard to the challenge of reducing crashes and casualties caused by the high-risk young drivers. It is intended to benefit both private and public sector road safety professionals.

YDF 2017 is jointly organised by Road Safety GB, FirstCar and the RAC Foundation and is sponsored by the young driver insurer, ingenie.

The ‘early bird’ fee to attend Young Driver Focus 2017 is £100 plus VAT for the first 50 Road Safety GB and Academy members to register. The fee for others from the public sector is £125 and for other attendees £175 (both plus VAT).

Young Driver Focus 2016 sold out well in advance and with a limit of 200 places the 2017 event is once again expected to be fully subscribed.

Click here for full delegate pricing or to register to attend, or for more information contact Sally Bartrum by email or on 01379 650112.

– See more at: http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/5356.html#sthash.dSnpI2nM.dpuf

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YDF issues call for papers from road safety professionals

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The organisers of Young Driver Focus have issued a call for papers from road safety professionals and others interested in presenting at the 2017 conference.

Launched earlier this month, Young Driver Focus 2017 will be held on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London.

Young Driver Focus is jointly organised by Road Safety GB, FirstCar and the RAC Foundation and in 2017 will once again be sponsored by the young driver insurer, ingenie.

Now in its fourth year, the one-day conference examines current and future thinking with regard to the challenge of reducing crashes and casualties caused by the high-risk young drivers. It is intended to be of interest to both private and public sector road safety professionals.

The conference team is currently looking at topics and themes and is aiming to publish an outline agenda by late October.

Nick Rawlings, who is coordinating the conference programme, said: “We are interested to hear from road safety professionals who are involved in the development and delivery of innovative interventions designed to reduce casualties involving young drivers.

“We are particularly keen to hear about evidence-based interventions backed by robust evaluation, or a clear plan showing how the scheme will be evaluated if it is not yet at the stage where a full evaluation has been carried out.”

Anyone interested in speaking at the event, or finding out more, should contact Nick Rawlings by email or on 01379 650112.

The ‘early bird’ fee to attend Young Driver Focus 2017 is £100 plus VAT for the first 50 Road Safety GB and Academy members to register. The fee for others from the public sector is £125 and for other attendees £175 (both plus VAT).

Young Driver Focus 2016 sold out well in advance and with a limit of 200 places the 2017 event is once again expected to be fully subscribed.

Click here for full delegate pricing or to register to attend, or for more information contact Sally Bartrum by email or on 01379 650112.

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