Milestones: A New Direction in Young Driver Training

Driver Trainers – we need you! Become part of a groundbreaking research initiative, designed to understand whether working towards more milestones in the learning to drive process helps improve new driver knowledge, skills and safety.

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What is Milestones?

Milestones is a new and unique road safety research initiative led by the Driving Instructors Associations (the largest professional body for driver and rider trainers in the UK and a globally respected authority on driver education) and funded by the Department of Transport.

Quite simply, the Milestones project seeks to evaluate whether having learner drivers undertake a modular training programme, where they follow a prescribed programme of learning in-car and online, working towards specific learning milestones (based on the key areas of novice driver risk), has a positive impact in terms of improving their understanding of key driving risks and their ability to manage those risks once licenced and driving independently.

This groundbreaking study will combine in-car training and assessments with e-learning and digital testing and will aid in understanding whether such interventions have a positive impact on novice driver knowledge, skills, competence, and safety.

Join Our In-Depth Webinar

Missed our in-depth webinar introducing the Milestones trial? Here’s your chance to catch up! Chief Executive of the Driving Instructors Association (DIA) guides us through the inner workings of the Milestone trial. Join us in taking a deep dive to gain comprehensive insights into the trial process, the type of learning pupils will undertake, the significant role driving instructors play, and our ultimate objectives.

Explore the Milestones trial

How Can You Help?

We are looking for ADIs to volunteer to participate in this important trial, both in helping us to recruit pupils for the trial and also in helping to deliver the in-car training and assessment elements of the research (for which we will provide full guidance and training/assessment resources). We welcome ADIs with diverse backgrounds, varying lengths of service, and different grades at their last standards check.

Your involvement can make a substantial difference in shaping the future of driver training and improving novice driver safety in the UK, for their own sake and that of other road users.

Pupil Eligibility Criteria:

For the trial we’ll be looking for learners who:

  • hold a provisional driving license
  • are aged 17 – 24
  • have not undertaken any previous training with a professional instructor
  • are happy to complete short surveys and risk profilers at various stages of the learning process

There will be incentives available for learners who participate in the study, including learner and new driver insurance discounts.

At this stage, we are simply looking for ADIs who may be interested in participating in the trial to register their interest. Once we have your details, we can send you more information about the project.

The Numbers Speak

Young People
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People aged 17–24 account for 6.3% of all UK licence holders

Source: DVLA Drivers Licence Data, July 2021)

1,500

Young drivers are killed or seriously injured in the UK each year

Source: BRAKE

Number One Killer

of People Ages 5 to 29 is road traffic accidents

UK Drivers
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40% of UK drivers have crashed by the time they are 23 years old

Source: Young Drivers at Risk, AA Charitable Trust

Young People
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People aged 17–24 account for 6.3% of all UK licence holders

Source: DVLA Drivers Licence Data, July 2021)

Male Drivers
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Men account for 73% of all road traffic deaths worldwide

Source: https://toptests.co.uk/driving-statistics/

New Licence Holders
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26% of UK drivers crash within two years of gaining their licence

Source: Young Drivers at Risk, AA Charitable Trust

UK Drivers
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40% of UK drivers have crashed by the time they are 23 years old

Source: Young Drivers at Risk, AA Charitable Trust

Why are we undertaking such a project?

The statistics above emphasise the importance of our study. By joining Milestones, we can work together to understand how we deliver learning to drive programmes that better equip new drivers for every driving journey they take once licenced and driving independently. 

This study is also important for our industry as it gives driver trainers the opportunity to play a key role in a project that could drive significant change in driver training. It also presents the opportunity to look at how ADIs could play a larger role in the assessment of learners in the future.