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The Young Driver Factbase contains up-to-date information on young driver safety and provides recommendations based on the best available research evidence.

The policy environment for young drivers is a sensitive and sometimes heated, media-driven one in which the evidence about interventions being considered can take a back-seat to headlines, public response and pressure from different interest groups. A balance is needed between policies that save lives but also allow mobility and do not inadvertently disadvantage subgroups of young drivers beyond a level the community deems reasonable and practicable.

It is within this context that The George Institute has developed this online tool to help policymakers and other stakeholders, such as media, youth practitioners and interest groups, understand and consider the available evidence about young driver safety issues. The objectives are to:

  • Provide plain English summaries and discussions of available research evidence;
  • Offer an evidence-based position on controversial issues;
  • Introduce new research outcomes into the pool of evidence under consideration; and
  • Identify gaps in our current understanding of best-practice road safety for young drivers.

The definition of “young driver” varies widely from research study to study, but in the Young Driver Factbase it typically covers ages 16 – 25 years.

Factbase Supporters Welcome

The Young Driver Factbase provides a launch pad for extensive online resources and a format for potential debate and discussions. The George Institute has established the initial stage of the Young Driver Factbase and is looking for sponsors to support the ongoing maintenance and development of the resource.

About The George Institute

The George Institute is a world renowned health and medical research institute, focused on the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury. The George conducts high-impact research across a broad health landscape and is a respected voice among global policy makers. The George has conducted major applied research projects and innovative community-based programs from bases in Australia, China and India.