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CR 129: Young Driver Research Program: Literature Review on Crash Characteristics (1994)

Summary

This report reviews literature on young drivers' behavioural and personal characteristics in relation to their crash risk. Information is discussed within the framework of a theoretical model in which the major determinants of risk are: drivers' personal characteristics (skill, motivation) and their exposure to crash risk (both quantitative and qualitative factors). The review found that young drivers' skills are less developed than those of older drivers; research is required to define the types and amounts of experience needed to become a 'fully skilled' driver; that young driver motivation differs in some important ways from that of older drivers; that decisions made prior to driving influence drivers' subsequent exposure to crash risk, independent of their actual driving performance.

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Type: Research and Analysis Report
Sub Type: Consultant Report
Author(s): W A Macdonald
Topics: Behaviour, Crash data, Young drivers
Publication Date: 01/01/94

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Last Updated: 6 May, 2013