Policy & Research Reports

reports-category-header-01Our policy team publishes original and award winning research on a range of road safety topics, looking at behaviour, education and infrastructure.

Recent topics include local investment, the dangers of using a smartphone while driving, and an analysis of young driver attitudes.

We aim to use our research to highlight current issues, raise awareness, and influence government policy. We would like to hear from anyone interested in our work, and welcome ideas for new topics and partnerships.

If you would like to sign up for regular policy updates please contact us at policy@iam.org.uk.


The battle for attention: 
Driver distraction – a review of recent research and knowledge


This report for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) summarises recent research and knowledge from scientific studies about distracted driving. The report defines what it means to be ‘distracted’ when driving, discusses the impact of distraction on driver behaviour and safety, and what can be done to reduce distracted driving. The focus of distraction discussed here relates to how drivers engage with technology when driving.




Measuring attitudes to driving safety & behaviour: The IAM Safety Culture Index


Our prime objective with this report has been to study UK motorists’ attitudes to driving safety and behaviour on our roads and to track any changes over time. This initial report will form a baseline for future annual surveys looking at potential car driving problems faced by drivers now compared with the past and their perception of threats to personal safety whilst driving.

The study will also provide valuable insight into the relative acceptability of driver’s behaviour versus their actual self-reported performance on the road.




Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): An evaluation of CBT for the treatment of riding-related stress


Motorcyclists continue to account for disproportionately more casualties than would be expected given the distance they travel. In 2014 motorcycle traffic increased by 3 per cent while the number of seriously injured casualties increased by 9 per cent over the same period.

This report evaluates the potential impact of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for motorcyclists who may feel stressed on the UK’s busy roads.




The IAM’s Mature Driver’s Assessment: Who takes it and why


The IAM Mature Driver’s Assessment (MDA) is a 60-minute session taken in a candidates own car with an approved assessor from the IAM. It is aimed at mature drivers who wish an independent view of their standard of driving measured against a standard set of indicators recorded on a form.

This report summarises the findings from a quantitative analysis of 558 MDA assessment forms recording information on age, gender and outcome, in addition to a qualitative telephone survey.




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