Research

Victoria has a long history of road safety research and evidence-based practice and road safety education is no exception.

Good Practice Road Safety for Young People

Many community groups, schools and the general public are very concerned about the level of road trauma among young drivers, and are motivated to address this.

To support community groups and schools to deliver effective community and school  based road safety for young people, the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Program and the Victorian Road Safety Education Reference Group arranged for the development of resources to help inform local program development and delivery.

pdfEffective Community and School Based Road Safety For Young People: A Summary of the Research PDF, 0.88MB

pdfYouth Road Safety: Effective Practice PDF, 1.84MB

pdfFact Sheet 1 - Road Safety Education in Senior Secondary Schools: Good Practice Guide PDF, 0.11MB

pdfFact Sheet 2 - Community Road Safety: Young Road User Safety Good Practice Guide PDF, 0.12MB

pdfFact Sheet 3 - High Risk Young Drivers and Young Offenders: Good Practice Guide PDF, 0.11MB

pdfFact Sheet 4 - What Doesn't Work for Young Road Users and Why PDF, 0.13MB

National practices for early childhood road safety education

The National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education have been developed by early childhood education and road safety experts across Australia and New Zealand. The eight evidence based national practices are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. The national practices have been developed to support evidence based road safety education in early childhood settings.

Child restraints

The Child Restraint Evaluation Program rates child restraints and booster seats according to how well they protect your child in a crash, and how easy they are to use.

Accessory child safety harnesses: Do the risks outweigh the benefits?

Pedestrians

Child Pedestrians: Factors associated with ability to cross roads safely and development of a training package (MUARC, 2009)

Statistics/injury data

CrashStats contains all reported road crash injury statistics in Victoria.

The TAC safety website lists a wide range of statistics related to road safety such as young driver statistics, speed statistics, age group and gender statistics and road toll statistics.

The Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) is a longstanding major project of the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). VISU maintains, analyses, reports on, disseminates and applies injury data to injury prevention, develops countermeasures, implements prevention strategies and monitors trends and outcomes of interventions.

The role of parents and carers

Parents as role models in road safety (MUARC, 2010)

Young drivers

To access young driver research reports, please visit please visit the MUARC website.

The Effectiveness of Driver Training as a Road Safety Measure

For information on issues and initiatives for young drivers, including the Graduated Licensing System, please visit the VicRoads website.

The introduction of Victoria's Graduated Licensing System (GLS) shows very promising outcomes in terms of improvements in young driver behaviour. To view Victoria's GLS Evaluation Interim Report visit the VicRoads website.

Other links to road safety research:

ARRB

Child Health Promotion Research Unit, Edith Cowan University

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

RACV

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)

Centre for Automative Safety Research – University of Adelaide

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