The author uses evidence from available research to discuss the value of off-road training areas for those learning to use powered vehicles. The main advantage is the increased safety of an off-road area and the lack of annoyance to other road users. The various techniques can also be introduced in the correct sequence. However, transfer problems are likely to occur when a skill learnt on a track has different aspects in real life. It is unlikely that off-track methods will be more economic than others but they could be more efficient in that several pupils can be trained at a time. Experimental results have shown little difference with driving performance of those trained on roads on on an off-street area. It would appear that a limited amount of initial training can usefully be spent on an off-road area but attempts to make such training facilities too elaborate can be counter-productive. (TRRL)

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    Step Management Services, Limited

    2309/11 Coventry Road, Sheldon
    Birmingham, West Midlands,   England 
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  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 11-13
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Education
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Step Management Services, Limited
    • ISSN: 0142-0402

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM