European Road Safety Charter
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Good practice submission

Initiative details

Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
Our target audience is novice drivers and their parents, teachers, driving school instructors and policy-makers.
Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
Goodyear awareness campaign for improved road safety of novice drivers Goodyear developed a campaign to achieve a tangible breakthrough in the critical issue of road safety of Novice Drivers by championing the concept of ‘lifelong learning’ and conducting extensive research into the topic. There is a societal need to support novice drivers behind the wheel, and we wanted to generate further awareness on this issue and give it more visibility. Coupled with targeted media communications across more than 20 countries in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, the campaign generated actionable policy recommendations to Europe’s regulators and alliances with key stakeholders in policy, parenting and academia.The safety of novice drivers is a global concern and car accidents remain a major killer of young people. Since 2012, Goodyear has conducted relevant research to provide solutions to this crucial issue. This year’s survey into 6805 parents of novice drivers in 19 countries builds on previous research into novice drivers and driving instructors; a key insight was that parents should become more involved in driving education and that their bad examples can cause their children to adopt risky behavior on the road. The campaign wants to emphasize the influence of parents as a role model for novice drivers and aims at making sure this important factor is well taken into consideration when designing new measures to improve road safety.
What are your objectives? 
Raise awareness of the crucial issue of Novice Drivers
Contribute to the road safety debate with specific, relevant and significant research data and insights to provide a unique perspective on the main influencers of road safety for novice drivers
Support driving instructors and parents in their educational efforts by providing concrete educational materials and collateral to be shared with young people
Provide actionable recommendations to relevant stakeholders

Project activities

List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Sunday, 1 January, 2012
Name of action 

Roundtable and white paper: Published two editions of a White Paper: "Improving Road Safety for Novice Drivers", presenting survey results combined with expert interview and secondary research. Discussed at stakeholder roundtable with key experts.

Sunday, 1 January, 2012
Name of action 

Several Media Campaigns across EMEA have raised awareness of the issue of Novice Drivers. Partnerships with NGOs and academia such as European Parent Association (EPA), European Driving Schools Association (EFA), Traffic Psychology International.

Sunday, 1 January, 2012
Name of action 

Educational material for driving instructors • Goodyear has developed a campaign video and is going to introduce a smartphone application about tire safety to support driving instructors in their educational efforts

Sunday, 9 November, 2014
Name of action 

National roll-out of the campaign. Various actions to implement the campaign across EMEA. • Example in the UK: “Parents Matter” Campaign of our Driving School Academy (school visits: online interactive game and in-school practical driving sessions)


What has been the effect of the activities? 
Published articles in the press and audience reached (readership), engagement of policy-makers, NGOs reached. Speaking opportunities we had to present our messages.
How have you shared information about your project and its results? 
See answers above. In the UK, between March 2012 and May 2014, the activities deployed by our campaign reach a total of 15 million views through print and online articles. In July and August, media coverage of the campaign reached 25 million views. In Romania, 32 media articles covered the campaign and reached 697,800 individuals. The EMEA-wide research generated wide insights into 15 500 novice drivers, parents and driving instructors' views on road safety. Media results of 2014 are not fully available yet.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
External evaluation
Internal evaluation
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
After the intervention
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
Overall audience reached Print and online press articles published, blog reviews, TV broadcasts viewers Social media: likes on Facebook, Twitter accounts reached and timeline deliveries, usage of our hashtag #youngdriver, etc. Policy-makers reached; NGOs;
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
Prime Research Media evaluation We will interview our partners.