Dr Fiona Fylan, Brainbox Research

Dr Fiona Fylan is a health psychologist who specialises in understanding the decisions that people make that affect their health and wellbeing, and how to help people make more appropriate or less risky decisions.

Fiona’s research addresses a wide range of health-related behaviours and focuses on road user behaviour.

Her research explores why people drive and ride the way they do, the way in which they think about driving and riding, and how to change the decisions they on the roads in order to increase safe and responsible road user behaviour. She also explores transport decisions and interactions between different road user groups, such as cyclists and drivers.

Fiona is the academic lead on the NDORS course development unit and has led evaluations of local and national driver offender schemes including RIDE, the National Driver Improvement Scheme and the National Speed Awareness Course.

Fiona has also undertaken major pieces of policy work for the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Education, and Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Presentation: Can the ‘Driving Safer for Longer’ older driver intervention change behaviour?
Driving Safer for Longer is a theory-led, evidence-based intervention to help older drivers update and maintain their driving skills and to start preparing for when they decide to no longer drive. It was developed by Dyfed Powys Police and their road safety partners.

We conducted a randomised controlled trial to identify the effect of the course on beliefs about driving, self-reported confidence, difficulty and avoidance of different driving situations, and having taken refresher driving lessons. The trial involves over 60 people over the age of 60. During this presentation Fiona will explore the results of the trial and discuss the extent to which short interventions can produce a lasting behaviour change.