What is Learn2LiveĀ 

Learn2Live run events for students in key stage 5 or euqivalent. Here is a trailer demonstrating some key themes and examples of the speakers we attract to take part in our events.

L2L sneak peek video

Why Road Safety for Young People?

L2L targets young people as they are statistically one of the most at risk groups when it comes to road traffic collisions. We enable young people to understand specific risks and consider the consequences of their actions. We encourage them to make small changes to their behaviours and develop appropriate coping strategies that they can use to make choices with regard to their safety when travelling on the roads. Young drivers (aged 16-24 years) are overrepresented in road collisions compared with other road users.

Quick Facts

  • Speeding, fatigue and in car distractions are key contributory factors to collision involvement including exceeding the speed limit and driving too fast for the conditions.
  • Use of alcohol and drugs, and not wearing a seatbelt are persistent causes of harm to all road users.
  • Collisions involving young drivers are more likely to occur during night-time hours, on rural roads and involve a single vehicle, predominantly on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Young drivers are often involved in collisions where they have failed to cope with unexpected situations due to their inexperience.
  • Young drivers are 50% more likely to crash in their first year
  • Statistically the most dangerous seat in a vehicle is the front passenger seat. We call this the ‘Sacrificial seat’ and it is predominantly young females who suffer the consequences

Evidence-based Education

Learn2Live is continually being evaluated as the presentation is developed in line with the latest academic research. To date research by the University of Exeter and Plymouth University have concluded that Learn2Live presentations positively changed the attitudes of young people towards driving. In 2021 we were delighted to be part of a national programme of research which aimed to determine the best practice interventions for road safety education for young people. Below is a chronological account of our evidence based approach.

Learn2Live evaluated by Dr Cris Burgess, University of Exeter and shown to be an effective road safety intervention. To read the full report please click here.

In 2014, Learn2Live was evaluated by Dr Lauren Weston from Plymouth University as part of her Psychology PhD. The results of her study have shown that Learn2Live has a positive effect on students attitudes and behaviours to road safety. You can read more about her research here.

In 2018, Learn2Live was evaluated as part of Plymouth University. The research concluded that students who attended a L2L event have safer attitudes and behavoural intentions towards risky driving than those who did not attend the L2L event. 

The Learn2Live Partnership has been cited in a RAC Foundation report (Fosdick, 2019) as an example of best practice for the work we have carried out to bring our interventions in line with the current evidence and recommendations for practice in using behaviour change techniques in road safety. The new report looking at the 'Effectiveness of UK road safety behaviour change interventions' explains how Learn2LIve Partnership have used best-practice guidance from Fylan (2017), to review and update the Learn2Live intervention.

In 2021 L2L Devon is one of  the lead partners in research conducted by Elizabeth Box on behalf of the RAC Foundation and in conjunction with Cranfield University. This research is backed by the Department for Transport, National Fire Chiefs Council and other national road safety specilialists. Read more about this research here RAC Foundation - Pre-driver Theatre & Workshop Education Research (PdTWER). What comes from this research will determine the future national best practice for education of 16-18 year olds about road safety.