Research

Our research is primarily focused on comparing the experience 'on the road' of those who have attended the Under 17 Car Club or the Under 17 Drivers Pathfinder Projects with their peer group nationally.

Historically undertaken on a purely qualitative basis, in 2006 a first formal survey was completed and published supported by Liverpool John Moores University. Further formal surveys completed in 2012 and 2013 were validated with support from Manchester Business School.

Surveys and Results

To date The Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust has undertaken 3 surveys of its ex-members, with a further survey for 2016 in-progress. These surveys are made available below:

The evidence from these surveys convinces us that we should continue with our two programs: Pathfinder and The Under 17 Car Club.

Research Approach

While developing and maintaining an awareness of other driver education activity aimed at our target group both in the UK and Overseas, and of academic and governmental publications internationally, our own activity is primarily empirical and based on those engaged with our work. This provides us with a continually evolving sample group and the ability to report achievement on an extended longitudinal basis. Our evidence now extends to cover experiences over more than ten years.

We recognise that relative to the total number of new drivers entering this high risk group each year, our current share is small. Nonetheless, we believe that there is sufficient robustness in our findings in both numbers of participants and longevity of the work to have confidence in the findings. Our formal survey work and findings are tested by experts to ensure that our claims are appropriately justified and robust. These experts have been drawn from Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Business School.

We will continue to update our findings with each survey (approximately every 1 to 2 years). The key findings of all 3 surveys provided confirmation that the work of the Trust delivers significant benefit to participants.

The purpose of the surveys was to:

  • Identify areas for improvement in the experience of members
  • Confirm or refute the beliefs of the Club in relation to the benefits of membership
  • Provide a sound statistical basis for discussions with supporting organisations
  • Provide evidence to support discussions with Government Departments, Agencies and the Road Safety and Transport Ministers

Importantly, all respondents confirm that being part of the Club was a hugely enjoyable experience, would recommend it to others and have found direct benefit on the road from the education they received. Our approach to developing drivers has been further confirmed by our 'Approved Provider' status with the Institute of Advanced Motorists.