Young male drivers’ risky driving 15 months after licensure – The role of intervention, attitudes towards accompanied driving, and parents’ risk

Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari, Tsippy Lotan, Carlo G. Prato

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Abstract

An indispensable issue in contemporary research on risk-taking by young drivers is parents’ influence on their offspring's driving behavior. The current study measures this influence by using a risk index of parents’ driving behavior measured via in-vehicle data recorders together with young drivers’ self-reported answers to a set of questionnaires. Both parents and young drivers participated in one of three intervention program groups to enhance safe driving within a longitudinal study, and the outcome of this intervention was measured 15 months following licensure. The aim of the current study was thus to assess the contribution of parents’ actual driving behavior, participation in the intervention, and teen drivers’ attitudes towards accompanied driving (measured six months after licensure), to the reported risky driving of the young drivers fifteen months after receiving their driving license. The data consist of a sample of 78 parent-young driver dyads who were originally randomly assigned to one of three intervention groups (receiving different forms of feedback) or a control group (with no feedback). Findings indicate that the feedback and training to parents intervention group, as well as parents’ risky driving events rate, were positively associated with the reported proneness to reckless driving and the reckless driving habits of the young drivers. In addition, lower perception of accompanied driving as enabling a sense of relatedness with parents, and higher negative perceptions of this period, were related to higher reported risky driving among young drivers fifteen months after licensure. The results highlight the importance of parents’ behavior and relationships with their offspring as key concepts in moderating risky driving among young drivers. Practical implications for road safety are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume51
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

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Keywords

  • Interventions
  • Parents
  • Risky driving
  • Young drivers

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