Pilot evaluation of the short-term effect of driving simulation on novice adolescent drivers

In this paper, the authors use a prospective study to evaluate whether novice drivers' participation in a comprehensive driving simulation program would result in fewer driving offenses and crashes. Forty newly-licensed high school students were randomly assigned to driving simulator (DS) or control groups, with the DS group completing 12 modules of driver education. Driving records were collected at 6-, 12- and 18-month intervals upon completion of the program and statistical analyses were performed using Fisher's exact tests, t tests and Mann Whitney U-tests. Findings suggested that those young drivers who participated in the simulator training trended towards fewer driving offenses and accidents. The authors conclude that larger studies examining the practical potential of driving simulation in novice drivers are needed.


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  • Accession Number: 01487882
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2013 11:33AM