The prevalence and characteristics of self-reported dangerous driving behaviours among a young cohort

Palk, Gavan R., Freeman, James E., Gee Kee, Alita, Steinhardt, Dale A., & Davey, Jeremy D. (2010) The prevalence and characteristics of self-reported dangerous driving behaviours among a young cohort. Transportation Research Part F : Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 14(2), pp. 147-154.

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Young motorists engaging in anti-social and often dangerous driving manoeuvres (which is often referred to as “hooning” within Australia) is an increasing road safety problem. While anecdotal evidence suggests that such behaviour is positively linked with crash involvement, researchers have yet to examine whether younger drivers who deliberately break road rules and drive in an erratic manner (usually with peers) are in fact over represented in crash statistics. This paper outlines research that aimed to identify the characteristics of individuals most likely to engaging in hooning behaviours, as well as examine the frequency of such driving behaviours and if such activity is linked with self-reported crash involvement.----------


A total of 717 young drivers in Queensland voluntarily completed a questionnaire to investigate their driving behaviour and crash history.----------


Quantitative analysis of the data revealed that almost half the sample reported engaging in some form of “hooning” behaviour at least once in their lifetime, although only 4% indicated heavy participation in the behaviour e.g., >50 times. Street racing was the most common activity reported by participants followed by “drifting” and then “burnouts”. Logistic regression analysis indicated that being younger and a male was predictive of reporting such anti-social driving behaviours, and importantly, a trend was identified between such behaviour and self-reported crash involvement.----------


This research provides preliminary evidence that younger male drivers are more likely to engage in dangerous driving behaviours, which ultimately may prove to increase their overall risk of becoming involved in a crash. This paper will further outline the study findings in regards to current enforcement efforts to deter such driving activity as well as provide direction for future research efforts in this area.----------

Research highlights:

► The self-reported driving behaviours of 717 younger Queensland drivers were examined to investigate the relationship between deliberately breaking road rules and self-reported crash involvement. ► Younger male drivers were most likely to engage in such aberrant driving behaviours and a trend was identified between such behaviour and self-reported crash involvement.

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ID Code: 39527
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Dangerous driving, Hooning, Young drivers and crashes
DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2010.11.004
ISSN: 1369-8478
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Deposited On: 18 Jan 2011 23:33
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:43

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