Access to safer vehicle technologies by young drivers: factors affecting motor vehicle choice and effects on crashes

This report is an exploratory study of vehicle choices amongst young drivers, their access to safer vehicle technologies and the role that motor vehicle insurance has in shaping those choices. There is a brief review of the literature on vehicle choices made by young drivers, an analysis of the relationship between driver age and access to safer vehicle technology, a survey of young drivers and their parents (examining vehicle choices, knowledge about safety, and the influence of vehicle insurance on vehicle choice), and a summary of discussions with Australian motor vehicle insurance underwriters. In respect of their level of safety, cars that young drivers crash tend to lag the vehicles at risk of crashing by more mature drivers; this persists for a long time after a technology first becomes available. Previous literature and the present survey indicate that the safety level of a young driver’s vehicle is not the first priority of the young driver or their parents. The motor vehicle insurance industry in Australia prices risk mainly in line with crash frequency and average claim costs. Vehicle safety systems are often not viewed as positively by the motor vehicle insurance industry as they are by other safety-related organisations, as these systems can lead to high repair costs after a crash. However, technologies that do lead to lower claim frequencies and costs are recognised, and some efforts are made to identify these as early as is possible.

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    University of Adelaide. Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR)

    Centre for Automotive Safety Research, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, 5005, Australia
    Adelaide, South Australia   
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, R W
    • Raftery, S
    • Grigo, J
    • Hutchinson, T P
  • Publication Date: 2013-7


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  • Pagination: 41p
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    • Issue Number: CASR118

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  • Accession Number: 01489862
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781921645563
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 9:48AM