This is a report of the results of a study which attempted to determine whether misperception of risk could be an explanation for the high rates of traffic accidents among youth by testing whether young drivers perceive driving to be less hazardous than do older drivers. Three different methods of estimating the risk of accident involvement were used to compare risk estimtes of young and older drivers. The methods included general questions about accident involvement, rating the riskiness of 10 specific driving situations illustrated in still photographs, and rating the riskiness of 15 videotaped driving situations. Young drivers percieved their own chances of an accident to be significantly lower than those of both their peers and older male drivers while older male drivers saw their chances of accident involvement as comparable to those of their male peers and less than those of young male drivers. These findings lend support ot the thesis that young male drivers are overrepresented in traffic accidents at least in part because they fail to perceive specific driving situations as being as risky as older drivers perceive them.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • Finn, P
    • Bragg, BWE
  • Publication Date: 1986-9

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  • Accession Number: 00496151
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 740
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1990 12:00AM