Young and Unlicensed: Risky Driving Before Entering the Licensing System
What is it about?
Around the world there is evidence that teenagers are driving on the road even before they gain their learner licence (which is usually obtained after a learner knowledge test). Pre-licence driving appears to be particularly risky because the young driver hasn’t even passed a basic knowledge test, and in many instances appear to be driving without the supervision of a qualified experienced driver. Therefore we wanted to investigate the pre-licence driving experience of young drivers in Queensland.
Why is it important?
In comparison to young drivers who didn’t report driving on the road before they had a learner licence, generally pre-licence drivers reported much more risky driving behaviours during both the learner and their provisional licence phase, including speeding and driving in response to heightened emotions such as anger.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bridie Scott-Parker