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Survey of novice motorcycle riders and their riding experience before licensing

de Rome, Liz, Ivers, Rebecca, Haworth, Narelle L., Heritier, Stephane, Fitzharris, Michael, & Du, Wei (2010) Survey of novice motorcycle riders and their riding experience before licensing. Transportation Research Record, pp. 75-81.

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Abstract

Graduated licensing schemes have been found to reduce the crash risk of young novice drivers, but there is less evidence of their success with novice motorcycle riders. This study examined the riding experience of a sample of Australian learner-riders to establish the extent and variety of their riding practice during the learner stage. Riders completed an anonymous questionnaire at a compulsory rider-training course for the licensing test. The majority of participants were male (81%) with an average age of 33 years. They worked full time (81%), held an unrestricted driver's license (81%), and owned the motorcycle that they rode (79%). These riders had held their learner's license for an average of 6 months. On average, they rode 6.4 h/week. By the time they attempted the rider-licensing test, they had ridden a total of 101 h. Their total hours of on-road practice were comparable to those of learner-drivers at the same stage of licensing, but they had less experience in adverse or challenging road conditions. A substantial proportion had little or no experience of riding in the rain (57%), at night (36%), in heavy traffic (22%), on winding rural roads (52%), or on high-speed roads (51%). These findings highlight the differences in the learning processes between unsupervised novice motorcycle riders and supervised novice drivers. Further research is necessary to clarify whether specifying the conditions under which riders should practice during the graduated licensing process would likely reduce or increase their crash risk.

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ID Code: 40277
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published version freely available via Official URL link
Keywords: Australia, Driver experience, Driver licensing, Driver training, Driving tests, Graduated licensing, Motorcyclists, Novices, Questionnaires, Surveys
DOI: 10.3141/2194-09
ISSN: 0361-1981
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
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 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2011 14:34
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:31

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