HOST FACTORS IN DANGEROUS DRIVING. EVIDENCE FOR THE DESIGN OF COUNTERMEASURE PROGRAMS

Planning for future transportation systems leans heavily on eliminating host factors behind the wheel. Age of the driver involved in a fatal crash indicates a "host factor" in the epidemiologic chain of events. Specifically nearly half of the statewide increase in dangerous drivers was concentrated in the younger age group which constitutes only 22% of Michigan's licensed driving population. Other host variables such as number of miles driven, amount of weekend driving, pattern of driving after drinking, require special studies. Studies reveal that troubled lives lead to troubled driving. Young divorced or widowed females reach the same accident peaks as do 18 and 19 year old males. Other psychological feelings and changes of life style in later years affect driving habits. Follow up lectures were given to students one to 1-1/2 years after their driver education courses. The results were promising. High risk subgroups of drivers should be reached with specially designed programs to help them improve their performance. The natural occurring process of self-awareness, responsibility, and driving maturity can be accelerated in driving performance.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Medical Association

    693 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94102
  • Authors:
    • SCHUMAN, S H
    • Pelz, D C
  • Publication Date: 1972-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 5-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM