Young and unlicensed : risky driving before entering the licensing system

Scott-Parker, Bridie, Watson, Barry C., King, Mark J., & Hyde, Melissa K. (2012) Young and unlicensed : risky driving before entering the licensing system. Traffic Injury Prevention.

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Objective: On-road driving before gaining a valid licence (pre-Licence driving) represents a risk for all road users. Pre-Licence driving among young people who obtained a Provisional licence within an enhanced graduated driver licensing program in Queensland, Australia, was investigated.

Methods: Recently-licensed drivers (n = 1032) aged 17-19 years (M = 17.54) completed a survey exploring their driving experiences while on their Learners licence. Six months later, 355 of these drivers completed the same survey exploring their experiences on their Provisional (intermediate) licence.

Results: Twelve percent of participants reported pre-Licence driving. Pre-Licence drivers reported significantly more risky driving as Learners and Provisional drivers.

Conclusions: Pre-Licence drivers not only place themselves and other road users at risk at the time but also continue to do so through their subsequent risky driving. Pre-licence driving should be discouraged, and parents should be encouraged to monitor car use and the driving behaviour of their children.

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ID Code: 47527
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Taylor & Francis iFirst Onine Publication
Keywords: Young Drivers, Novice Drivers, Learner Licence, Provisional Licence, Pre-Licence Driving
DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2011.638683
ISSN: 1538-9588
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 2011 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [Traffic Injury Prevention] © [2011] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Traffic Injury Prevention] is available online at:
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2011 22:18
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 21:16

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