The contribution of a novel intervention to enhance safe driving among young drivers in Israel

Orit Taubman-Ben-Ari, Tsippy Lotan

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Abstract

Young drivers in Israel, as in other parts of the world, are at an elevated risk of being involved in car crashes more than any other age group. A Graduated Driver Licensing System (GDL) has been introduced in Israel, requiring new drivers to be accompanied by an experienced driver during the first 3 months after obtaining a driving license. In an effort to ensure the effectiveness of the accompanied driving phase, a novel program which targets both young drivers and their parents, called green light for life (GLL), was initiated. This study aims to determine the effectiveness of GLL by comparing between young drivers who participated in the program and those who did not. Additionally, this study examined a structural equation model to predict young drivers' involvement in car crashes and additional risk measures. The study utilized quantitative measures through a questionnaire completed by 738 young drivers (437 men, 301 women; 362 of whom participated in the program, 376 who did not). The results obtained indicate that GLL participants showed more positive views regarding the accompanied driving phase and were less involved in car crashes. They draw a comprehensive model of associations between various aspects of accompanied driving and risky driving measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-359
Number of pages8
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Or Yarok Association. We would like to thank Dr. Stephen Z. Levine for his helpful statistical comments.

Funding

This research was supported by the Or Yarok Association. We would like to thank Dr. Stephen Z. Levine for his helpful statistical comments.

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Or Yarok Association

    Keywords

    • Accompanied driving
    • Intervention
    • Young drivers

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