Understanding novice driver behaviour: review of literature

Extensive research has focused on identifying crash characteristics and the situations that lead to novice drivers’ crashes, especially fatal crashes. Young driver crashes tend to occur under high risk situations and include single-vehicle and run-off-road crashes, high speed, suicides, and drugs and alcohol (Gonzales, Dickinson, DiGuiseppi, & Lowenstein, 2005; Williams, Preusser, & Ferguson, 1998; Whelan et al., 2009). Driving at night and carrying teenage passengers further elevate the risk of both fatal and serious injury crashes (Rice, Peek– Asa, & Kraus, 2003; Chen, Baker, Braver, & Li, 2000; Williams, Ferguson, &Wells, 2005). Evidence from crash reports and driver surveys also suggests that there are numerous persistent characteristics evident in young novice driver crashes, fatalities and offences in New Zealand and elsewhere, including variables relating to the young driver themselves, broader social influences which include their passengers, the car they drive, and when and how they drive, and their risky driving behaviour in particular (Ministry of Transport, 2010; Begg et al., 2012, 2014; Williams et al., 2005; OECD, 2006; BITRE, 2013; Scott-Parker et al., 2012). Moreover, there are a range of psychosocial factors influencing the behaviour of young novice drivers, including the social influences of parents and peers, and person-related factors such as age-related factors, attitudes and motivations, and sensation seeking.

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    • Published in 2016
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    Monash University. Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

    Monash University Accident Research Centre, Building 70, Monash University, Victoria, 3800, Australia
    Clayton, Victoria   
  • Authors:
    • Oxley, J
    • Charlton, J
    • Starkey, N
    • Isler, R
  • Publication Date: 2014-2


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01602485
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Jun 21 2016 10:20AM