SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS AND DRIVER AGE

This study examined the rates and types of school bus accidents according to the age of the school bus driver. Accident rates in North Carolina for the school year 1971-72 were analyzed using accident reports, driver and mileage data, and questionnaires administered to a sample of school bus drivers. Sixteen-year-old bus drivers had the highest accident rate, followed by the 20 year-old group, and 21-24. Ages 25-54 had the safest rates. Sixteen year-olds had more accidents on loose surface roads, roads with defects, and roads that were not straight and level. Per hour expended in working with school bus drivers, the greatest dividends will result from working with 16 year-old drivers to expand and upgrade their training. There were no age differences found in relation to the severity of the accidents incurred.

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 106 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098451
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM