Evaluation of mandatory introduction course and curriculum B for Swedish driving license: study part 1: structure, contents and scope of driving education

Utvärdering av obligatorisk introduktionsutbildning och kursplan B inom svensk körkortsutbildning: delstudie 1: övningens struktur, innehåll och omfattning

A mandatory introduction course for all student drivers and their driving instructors came into effect on January 1, 2006 in Sweden. A new curriculum for a category B driving license came into effect on March 1, 2006. The aim of this study is to evaluate the overall effects of how the driving practice is managed concerning the structure of driving practice, what surroundings they are performed in, how much time is given to various driving exercises and what elements are practiced. Yet another aim is to discern the effects after the introduction course and the new curriculum have been implemented. Questionnaires were sent out in 2005, 2007 and 2008 to new license holders for category B (age 18-24). The results show that the student drivers took more theory lessons at a professional driving school in 2007 than in 2005. The increase can be traced to those having had an introduction course. Student drivers who attended the introduction course in 2008 spent less time studying theory than those who did not attend such a course. The introduction course helped the driving instructors to relate to theory during practice to a higher extent and to plan the driving practice better compared to the driving instructors who had not attended the introduction course. Disturbing activities such as car stereos, use of cell phones etc. increased each year during private practice, with largest occurrence among those who had had an introduction course 2008. The numbers of practice lessons, both private and at a traffic school, during difficult conditions such as darkness, wet roads and rain increased each year. Lessons during private practice on aspects such as speed adaptation and risk assessment as well as cooperation with other road users, increased during the years at the traffic schools. A larger proportion of the student drivers 2007 and 2008 compared with 2005 perceived themselves as better car drivers than car drivers in general with regard to avoiding critical situations, reacting quickly, making safe assessments and driving in wet road conditions. The conclusions on the basis of this study are that the introduction course had a small effect on the structure of the driving practice in 2007. The effects of the introduction course on the contents and the scope of the driver education were not, however, as clear. The study also shows that the new curriculum seems to have contributed to certain changes when comparisons are made between the years. Finally, the report points out the need for more knowledge in order to evaluate the overall effects of the driving education.


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Pagination: 53 s, 967 kB
  • Serial:
    • VTI Rapport
    • Issue Number: 659
    • Publisher: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
    • ISSN: 0347-6030

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  • Accession Number: 01150255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, VTI
  • Created Date: Feb 9 2010 7:36AM