This study investigated the relative importance of youth and lack of driving experience as contributors to the over-representation of young drivers in traffic crashes. Interviews were conducted with drivers aged 16-29 to collect information on their personal characteristics, travel patterns and crash histories. After allowing for differences in exposure (time spent driving), crash involvement was found to be associated with lack of driving experience and with high levels of recklessness. Recklessness was higher amongst younger drivers.
Type: Research and Analysis Report
Sub Type: Consultant Report
Author(s): J E Catchpole, W A Macdonald, L Bowland
Topics: Behaviour, Risk, Young drivers
Publication Date: 01/01/94