Why coaching and the GDE Matrix is key to road safety

Published on 12 November 2023 at 11:37

The RAC Foundation's Head of Research, Liz Box joins me to discuss how coaching and the GDE Matrix is key to road safety and an important tool for driving instructors. 


With an average of 5 people dying every day on UK roads, driving instructors play a vital role in the road safety space. But, as instructors, we need to ensure a lot of the focus is on post test driving. Parent's are likely to use a safety margin strategy and either focus on a driving test, or keep to areas where they feel they're safe. It's therefore up to driving instructors to fill in those gaps with more challenging routes and post test scenarios. 


The GDE Matrix is something that is missing in a lot of driving instructor training, including my own. Many PDIs still do not have it included withing their training. Yet it's been around for decades. It's utilising the premiss behind the GDE Matrix that will have the biggest impact post test. In this episode, you can find an exert of a recording with Lee Jowett of KIT, where we discuss the GDE Matrix, what it is, and how to use it. 


Dr Elizabeth Box FCIHT

Elizabeth has a PhD in Transport Psychology from Cranfield University, where she focused on developing and trialling pre-driver education interventions grounded in behavioural science. Elizabeth is an advisor to several road safety industry and government project boards and is a judge for the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, a technical champion for the organisation as well as a judge for the Institute’s annual Road Safety Award. Elizabeth is an accomplished transport researcher and commissioner with over two decades of experience. She has an excellent track record in influencing and contributing to road safety policy outcomes at the national level.Elizabeth is the Research Director at the RAC Foundation, an independent charity which researches the environmental, mobility, safety and economic issues relating to roads and their users. She is also a Behavioural Science Consultant at Co-Pilot, a start-up which develops evidence-based road safety education.


DriveFit resources: https://roadsafetygb.org.uk/drivefit/

RAC Foundation Website: www.racfoundation.org

Co-Pilot website: www.co-pilot.org

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-box-787b2735/

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