ASSESSMENT OF DRIVER INEXPERIENCE WITH AN AUTOMOBILE AS A FACTOR WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS

This study addresses the statistical relationship between driver familiarity with vehicles and accident frequency. In 1981, 8.9 percent of all drivers in NASS-reported automobile accidents had less than 150 miles driving experience with the accident vehicle. Our best estimate of the share of driving done by this group is 1.5 percent. The study examined the NASS data for reporting bias and performed statistical tests to determine whether other factors explain the heightened risk. The study concluded that driving experience with the vehicle per se is an important factor influencing accident risk. The study suggests an inexpensive countermeasure and recommends that additional information which could be collected in NASS might lead to an even more cost-effective countermeasure.

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-NHTSA-84-3 Final Rpt., HS-806 593
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1985 12:00AM