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The Structure of the Learner Licence Affects the Type of Experiences Novices Gain During this Phase - Examples from Queensland and New South Wales

Bates, Lyndel J., Watson, Barry, & King, Mark (2008) The Structure of the Learner Licence Affects the Type of Experiences Novices Gain During this Phase - Examples from Queensland and New South Wales. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 19(4), pp. 36-42.

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Abstract

Newly licensed drivers have a higher crash risk when compared with any other group of drivers. Graduated driver licensing, with learner, provisional and open licence stages, is one countermeasure demonstrated to reduce this crash risk. The objective of this study was to examine the self-reported behaviours and experiences of learner drivers in two Australian states with different learner licensing requirements: Queensland and New South Wales. Telephone interviews were conducted with 392 participants who were recruited from driver licensing centres immediately after they passed their practical driving test and obtained their driver’s licence. This research identified that the behaviour of learner drivers in both states was very similar, although it did differ on measures that the driver licensing system was likely to influence including the frequency with which L plates were displayed and completion of a log book. The paper also provides information on how learners organised their practice with learners in Queensland appearing less likely to deliberately structure their practice when compared with learners in New South Wales. This research suggests that much of the driving of learners in Queensland occurs on an ad-hoc, unplanned basis. As a result, licensing authorities need to carefully consider how they structure their licensing system in order to positively influence learners driving experiences.

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ID Code: 16857
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: young drivers, graduated driver licensing, learner licence, learner drivers, driver licensing system
ISSN: 1832-9497
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australasian College of Road Safety
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2008 01:24
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 23:38

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