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The need for early education

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The need for early education

Although youngsters are new-comers as drivers, they are not new to the roads. They already have extensive experience in other traffic roles (e.g. moped, pedestrians). Moreover they have observed the way their parents drive and have been confronted with many driving violations of other road users. Studies in the field of developmental psychology have demonstrated that safety related attitudes are formed at a very young age. This implies that safety related education should not only be directed at youngsters preparing to take their driving test, but, perhaps even more importantly, be directed at children in primary and secondary school.