Effectiveness and role of driver education and training in a graduated licensing system

J Public Health Policy. 1998;19(1):51-67.


Formal driver education/training programs exist in almost all jurisdictions around the world. They are generally accepted as an efficient and effective means for learning to drive, and, more importantly, for learning to drive safely, although empirical evidence for safety benefits is lacking. Recently, there has been a heightened interest in driver education/training, largely as a result of the adoption of graduated licensing in a few jurisdictions in North America and elsewhere. These jurisdictions have effectively elevated the status of driver education/training by integrating it into the licensing system. Implicitly, this suggests that driver education provides safety benefits. This article provides a contemporary review of the value of driver education/training, particularly in relation to new licensing systems such as graduated ones. The article examines the safety benefits of driver education/training and considers the merits of integrating driver education/training programs with new approaches to the licensing of young drivers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Automobile Driving / education*
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Licensure*
  • New Zealand
  • Program Evaluation
  • Safety*
  • United States