Young novice drivers and the risky behaviours of parents and friends during the Provisional (intermediate) licence phase : a brief report

Scott-Parker, Bridie, Watson, Barry, King, Mark J., & Hyde, Melissa K. (2014) Young novice drivers and the risky behaviours of parents and friends during the Provisional (intermediate) licence phase : a brief report. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 69, pp. 51-55.

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Purpose While there is research indicating that many factors influence the young novice driver's increased risk of road crash injury during the earliest stages of their independent driving, there is a need to further understand the relationship between the perceived risky driving behaviour of parents and friends and the risky behaviour of drivers with a Provisional (intermediate) licence.

Method As part of a larger research project, 378 drivers aged 17–25 years (M = 18.22, SD = 1.59, 113 males) with a Provisional licence completed an online survey exploring the perceived riskiness of their parents’ and friends’ driving, and the extent to which they pattern (i.e. base) their driving behaviour on the driving of their parents and friends.

Results Young drivers who reported patterning their driving on their friends, and who reported they perceived their friends to be risky drivers, reported more risky driving. The risky driving behaviour of young male drivers was associated with the perceived riskiness of their fathers’ driving, whilst for female drivers the perceived riskiness of their mothers’ driving approached significance.

Conclusions The development and application of countermeasures targeting the risky behaviour of same-sex parents appears warranted by the robust research findings. In addition, countermeasures need to encourage young people in general to be non-risky drivers; targeting the negative influence of risky peer groups specifically. Social norms interventions may minimise the influence of potentially-overestimated riskiness.

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ID Code: 65128
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: novice drivers, risky behaviours, parents, friends
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.11.016
ISSN: 0001-4575
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 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2014 05:01
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 04:22

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