Parents, peers, and the perilous behaviour of young drivers
What is it about?
As discussed in a number of other papers (“They’re lunatics on the road”: Exploring the normative influence of parent, friends, and police on young novices’ risky driving decisions and The psychosocial purpose of driving and its relationship with the risky driving behaviours of young novice drivers), we know that young driver behaviour is influenced by the social sources of parents and friends. We wanted to explore this influence in greater depth.
Why is it important?
Young drivers who reported they had driven on the road even before they had a learner licence (pre-licence driving), and drove on the road unsupervised as a learner driver, reported that their parents were less likely to punish risky driving behaviour. These drivers were also more likely to imitate risky behaviour of their parents who also tended to be more risky drivers. If the young driver expected or had experienced social punishment from their friends, they reported less risky driving behaviour. However, drivers who experienced or expected rewards from their friends were more risky drivers and also reported more crash and offence involvement.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bridie Scott-Parker