Best practice review of Keys2drive
In 2020, the Centre for Automotive Safety Research, from the University of Adelaide, completed a best practice review of the Keys2drive program. The review used the internationally-recognised Goals for Driver Education (GDE) matrix to help identify a set of best practice principles. The principles covered: having a sound theoretical base, facilitating parental involvement, provision of feedback, building resilience, use of coaching approaches, commentary driving, self-assessment, understanding of risk factors and being supportive of Safe System components.
The review found that Keys2drive’s learning materials and approach for learner drivers, their supervising drivers and instructor accreditation are consistent with nearly all the principles, and this view was confirmed through consultations. Some suggestions were made for increasing the use of interactive learning approaches and for improving the monitoring of novice driver learning and of the performance standards of accredited instructors. A profiling of program penetration identified geographic areas deserving greater attention. The greatest program challenges lie in supplying instructors for regional and remote areas and in assisting learner drivers who cannot otherwise access a supervising driver and/or a roadworthy vehicle. Major changes to learning materials and delivery approach were considered not warranted, although consideration could be given to developing low English literacy formats of the materials.