A national road safety research project that involves trialling a behaviour based educational program for new provisional drivers aged 17-22 is now underway in NSW and Victoria.
The NSW trial is being held in four regions including:
- Western Sydney (approximately from Blacktown to Emu Plains)
- Lismore/Tweed Heads and surrounding areas
The aim of the study is to determine whether the program is effective in reducing crashes involving provisional drivers and in improving driving behaviour.
The project is a joint initiative of the Federal, NSW and Victorian governments, as well as a number of private organisations including NRMA Insurance, Royal Automotive Club of Victoria and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The project will recruit more than 27,000 young provisional drivers in NSW and Victoria, which makes it the largest research study of its kind in the world.
There are two components to the national research study. A quantitative trial involving around 26,000 provisional drivers aged 18-22 years will be held in metropolitan areas of Victoria, while a qualitative trial involving around 1,600 provisional drivers aged 17-21, that focuses on program delivery in largely regional areas, will be held in NSW.
On Tuesday 18 October, the national study was launched in Sydney and Melbourne, with recruitment of participants commencing the same week.
Participants taking part in the program will complete four modules over a two month period:
- An on-line driver survey (30 minutes)
- A group discussion session with a facilitator and another P1 driver (3 hours)
- An on-road session with a driving coach and another P1 driver (2 hours)
- A group discussion session with a facilitator and another P1 driver (2 hours)
Throughout the program participants will receive rewards such as movie, bowling and petrol vouchers and those that complete the whole program will go into a draw to win a new car.
For more information visit www.pdriversproject.com.au or phone the MyLiveTribe project hotline 1800 454 133.
To register in the study visit www.mylivetribe.com.au
What is P Drivers Project and/or MyLiveTribe?
P Drivers Project is a national study that trials a behaviour based program that aims to reduce crashes of provisional drivers.
P Drivers Project is branded ‘MyLiveTribe’ in its delivery to young people. This means that participants/P1 drivers will know the study as ‘MyLiveTribe’.
What is the aim of the P Drivers Project / MyLiveTribe research study?
The study will measure whether the program is effective in reducing crashes involving provisional drivers and will also show how best it can be delivered in metropolitan and regional areas as well as to disadvantaged provisional drivers.
Where is the program being delivered?
The study is taking place in parts of Victoria and four regions in NSW, including western Sydney (approximately from Blacktown to Emu Plains), Dubbo/Parkes/Forbes, Tamworth/Armidale/Gunnedah, Lismore/Tweed Heads/Ballina and surrounding areas. The exact trial area boundaries are defined by selected postcodes.
Why can’t I / my son / daughter take part? / Who can take part in the study?
As this is a scientific research study, there are strict eligibility criteria for participating. To be eligible to take part, novice drivers need to meet all of the following:
- Be 17 to 21 years of age in NSW
- Reside in one of 4 selected trial areas
- Hold their first P1 licence for less than 3 months
How are NSW participants recruited into the study?
NSW participants can pre-register (if Learners) or fully register (if new P1 drivers) for the study on line at www.mylivetribe.com.au or they can call 1800 454 133 to obtain more information or to enrol over the phone.
To promote the program, Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority) is writing to potential eligible Learner drivers as well as new Provisional drivers informing them about P Drivers Project / MyLiveTribe and asking them to take part.
Information will also be available in NSW motor registries that are located in the four trial areas.
Which motor registries are located in the four NSW trial areas?
- Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Penrith South
- Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Gilgandra, Wellington
- Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Walcha
- Ballina, Casino, Lismore, Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads
Is participation in the study compulsory? Can participants withdraw? Does it cost anything?
The participation in the study is free and is voluntary. Participants can withdraw from the study at any time.