Journal article

Risky driving among young Australian drivers: Trends, precursors and correlates

Suzanne Vassallo, Diana Smart, Ann Sanson, Warren Harrison, Anne Harris, Samantha Cockfield, Allison McIntyre

ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Young drivers are significantly over-represented among those injured or killed in road traffic accidents. Young adults' greater tendency to engage in risky driving behaviours has been implicated in their high crash involvement rate. While considerable research has examined the driving patterns of young adults and situational factors associated with their involvement in crashes, less is known about the characteristics or circumstances in young drivers' earlier lives that may have contributed to their current driving behaviour. This issue was explored using data from the Australian Temperament Project (ATP), a large longitudinal community-based study, which commenced in 1983 with 2443 families..

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