YOUNG DRIVERS: SAFETY PROBLEMS AND EFFECTS OF EDUCATIONAL MEASURES

UNGA BILFORARE: SAKERHETSPROBLEM OCH EFFEKTER AV UTBILDNINGSATGARDER

The purpose of this state-of-the-art report is to review the existing literature concerning driver education and its safety effects. The purpose is also to point out some of the possibilities of driver education in the future, based on the scientific knowledge of today. The report is written on commission from the Swedish Parliamentary Committee KK 2000. A major part of the report deals with young drivers, their problems, and experience from educational measures for decreasing their high accident risk. The problems of these drivers are divided into three main groups: Age-related problems, such as lifestyle, social norms, etc.; Experience-related problems, such as cognitive overload, relations between formal and informal traffic rules, etc.; and Young drivers' risk-taking and risk evaluation and the relation between subjective risk and subjective skill. Based on these three groups of problems, international experience of the safety effects of driver education is reviewed and discussed. Among these measures are graduated licensing, curfew rules, professional and private education, age limits for practicing car driving and for licensing drivers, the role of secondary school for attitudes and norms, etc. The conclusions are that young driver problems are not so much a matter of lack of knowledge and skill. They are merely a problem of cognitive overload and lack of experience on the one hand and of age-related matters, such as lifestyle, social norms and risk evaluation, on the other.

  • Availability:
  • Supplemental Notes:
    • An English summary is provided.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Swedish National Road and Traffic Research Institute

    Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 25
    S-11428 Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • GREGERSEN, N P
  • Publication Date: 1991

Language

  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 77 p.
  • Serial:
    • VTI Rapport
    • Issue Number: 368
    • Publisher: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
    • ISSN: 0347-6030

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00623543
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 276
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM