Vulnerable road user groups : a review of younger drivers, motorcyclists and older drivers

Freeman, James E., Scott-Parker, Bridie, Wong, Ides, & Haworth, Narelle L. (2012) Vulnerable road user groups : a review of younger drivers, motorcyclists and older drivers. Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion, 3.

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Scientific efforts to understand and reduce the occurrence of road crashes continue to expand, particularly in the areas of vulnerable road user groups. Three groups that are receiving increasing attention within the literature are younger drivers, motorcyclists and older drivers. These three groups are at an elevated risk of being in a crash or seriously injured, and research continues to focus on the origins of this risk as well as the development of appropriate countermeasures to improve driving outcomes for these cohorts. However, it currently remains unclear what factors produce the largest contribution to crash risk or what countermeasures are likely to produce the greatest long term positive effects on road safety. This paper reviews research that has focused on the personal and environmental factors that increase crash risk for these groups as well as considers direction for future research in the respective areas. A major theme to emerge from this review is that while there is a plethora of individual and situational factors that influence the likelihood of crashes, these factors often combine in an additive manner to exacerbate the risk of both injury and fatality. Additionally, there are a number of risk factors that are pertinent for all three road user groups, particularly age and the level of driving experience. As a result, targeted interventions that address these factors are likely to maximise the flow-on benefits to a wider range of road users. Finally, there is a need for further research that aims to bridge the research-to-practice gap, in order to develop appropriate pathways to ensure that evidenced-based research is directly transferred to effective policies that improve safety outcomes.

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ID Code: 49728
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: younger drivers, motorcyclists, older drivers
DOI: 10.3402/vgi.v3i0.14889
ISSN: 2000-8023
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
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 2012 J. Freeman et al.
Copyright Statement: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2012 22:21
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2012 02:16

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