Young and unlicensed : risky driving before entering the licensing system
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Taylor & Francis iFirst Onine Publication|
|Keywords:||Young Drivers, Novice Drivers, Learner Licence, Provisional Licence, Pre-Licence Driving|
|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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [Traffic Injury Prevention] ©  [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Traffic Injury Prevention] is available online at: www.tandfonline.com|
|Deposited On:||08 Dec 2011 08:18|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2013 03:02|
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