Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to the thousands of new psychology undergraduates receiving this issue free as an introduction to the British Psychological Society. With the niceties out of the way, I ask them: If you are going to die in the next few months, what is going to kill you?
The uncomfortable answer is a road accident. A July report by the Transport Select Committee highlighted the fact that these are the main killer among 16- to 24-year-olds. Following the first increase in road deaths for nearly a decade, the Committee called for more help to keep young drivers and cyclists safe and to improve the design of roads.
As with so many areas of life, psychology has a big role to play here. This month's special issue introduces you to traffic and transport psychology.
To return to all those new undergrads: I would like to offer the Society's support in guiding you safely along your road to psychology. See www.bps.org.uk/join for more. You can also get onboard using all the websites and social media you will find on the opposite page.
Dr Jon Sutton
Psychology on the road
John Groeger introduces a special issue
Drive safely with neuroergonomics
Charles Spence on promoting safe driving
When to give up driving?
Pat McKenna gives a personal perspective
Young driver challenges
Frank P. McKenna on psychology's contribution
The psychology of sustainable transport
Birgitta Gatersleben moves on from the car, with help from Niamh Murtagh
Vulnerable road users
Jon Sutton interviews Ian Walker
Becoming immortal: Genes, memes and dreams
Robert J. Sternberg has some encouraging words
Murder, muddled thinking and multilevel modelling
Martin Cartwright, Emma Traviss and Andrew Blance deal with hierarchies
The soul; stigma; international assistance; in praise of cheap research; and more
News, digest and media
Polygraph; well-being; fraud; report from the PsyPAG conference; nuggets from the Society's Research Digest; Jennifer Wild on responding to mass shootings; Jon Sutton on the mental health debate; and more
The self-illusion; father-daughter relationships; hearing voices; business psychology; and more
President's column; Lifetime Achievement Award; Presidents' Award; Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme; and more
Careers and psychologist appointments
Finding the employability edge in your studies: S. Ian Robertson, Isabella McMurray and Pat Roberts have some practical advice; plus featured job, the latest vacancies and how to advertise
My grandmother, Mick Hucknall and me: Fiona Glen with the latest in our series for budding writers
The carnival of Kingsley Hall: Alison Torn on the colourful case of Mary Barnes
One on one
...with Hugo Spiers