But what makes these modules so special? Yes, they use a proven coaching approach, they're full of scientifically derived data, and they're interesting and actually fun to do. But what else? Well, we treat our users like human beings, rather than robots! We take into account much more than just your behaviour behind the wheel, and that's what makes our teaching special. It's all written and developed by psychologists, so you can trust that we've looked at the global picture. Health and wellbeing doesn't sit in isolation from driving - so we always look at the whole, and give you good reasons to change your behaviour.
Here are a few ways we do that:
- Attitude and behavioural change - We focus on changing people's minds and then their behaviours. Evidence shows health behaviour change only ever works if the person themselves is on board, otherwise they are just looking to avoid potential punishment. For example in the fatigue module, considering other drivers' exhaustion on the road gives a different perspective to our own, thus sparking actual change that will stick.
- Practical strategies relevant to context - for example mindfulness exercises in distraction and inattention, actually being shown what to do and how, turning abstract concepts into instructions which can be applied.
- 'Checking-in' with self - making the modules personalised. For example the substances module - allowing the individual to consider their own position, and practicing awareness rather than being given a one-size-fits-all option. Another example is in the fatigue module again - learning to identify and then recognise our own physical signals, to teach how to listen to the body, so decisions can be made earlier, and more effectively.
- Biopsychosocial considerations - we always look at the whole person and interaction with surroundings. This can be seen in the rules module - how following/not following rules actually affects the individual on multiple levels. In the substances module - we look at all the factors at play regarding addictions, or one-off decisions.
- Realistic conversations - we steer away from absolutes ('never drink and drive') and try to move towards an interactive discussion environment, where we acknowledge that for example - absolutely there are perceived benefits to drinking and then driving. We aren't going to say users are silly for thinking this - and therefore it's not a 'top-down' issue of ruling, and more of a debate around how we can all (us included!) make better decisions.
We'd love your feedback on the modules, and we'd also love to hear about which specific topics we should cover next. Get in touch and let us know!