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Road safety study offers free courses to Nottingham drivers

Free car maintenance and mindfulness courses are being offered by Nottingham Trent University as part of a study on driver behaviour.

Mechanics look at a car

Volunteers are needed to take part in one of two courses over four weeks, to help academics study the effects of driver knowledge on their behaviour.

Mindfulness sessions based at NTU and classes on car maintenance at Nottingham College will allow psychologists to assess the impact the two subjects can have on the way people drive.

The study requires both experienced drivers who passed their test over five years ago, and inexperienced drivers who have passed their theory test, but may not be driving or have only been on the road for six months.

The free courses, which would usually cost around £200, will be assigned at random to participants who will also receive a £50 voucher for taking part.

Working in partnership with the Road Safety Trust, Professor David Crundall, Professor Mark Griffiths and Dr Victoria Kroll from the School of Social Sciences will compare the findings to examine safer ways to drive.

Professor David Crundall said: “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to take part in this exciting research, while learning something new. The only catch is that they will be randomly assigned to your training course – so will have to be willing to do either.”

Professor Mark Griffiths added: “We have carried out many studies showing the benefits of skills training and mindfulness training at the university over the last five years. Given our strength in driving research,  this study appeared to be an ideal match for our research expertise.”

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Road safety study offers free courses to Nottingham drivers

Published on 17 July 2017
  • Subject area: Psychology, sociology, health and social care
  • Category: Press office; Research; School of Social Sciences

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