Research and analysis

Novice drivers: evidence review and evaluation

Summary of research findings on pre-driver educational interventions, graduated driver licensing and an evaluation of the New Drivers Act.



The over-representation of young novice drivers in road collisions is a public health risk in Great Britain, and worldwide.

The key contributory factors to this problem are known and are cross-cultural; they are youth and inexperience. This report reviewed and synthesised evidence of effectiveness for 3 potential approaches to tackling young and novice driver safety which are:

  • pre-driver education and training for those under 17 years old
  • graduated driver licensing (GDL)
  • the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act (1995)

This document reports the summary findings of the research, the full TRL research report on the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory website