Influences on young novice drivers during the provisional licence phase
What is it about?
Young novice drivers remain at increased risk of road crash, and injury in that road crash, due to a combination of driving inexperience and developmental issues. Relatedly, parents and friends have been found to be influential on young driver behaviour. 378 drivers aged 17 to 25 years of age with a provisional 1 driver’s licence completed an online survey exploring their beliefs regarding their parents’ and their friends’ driving, and the extent to which they copy their parents’ and their friends’ driving.
Why is it important?
Our findings revealed that young drivers who reported that their father was a risky driver, that their friends were risky drivers, or that they copied the behaviour of their friends, reported more risky driving behaviour. For young males in particular, their driving behaviour was related to the risky behaviour of their father.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bridie Scott-Parker