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Type: Report
Title: An analysis of young drivers involved in crashes using in-depth crash investigation data
Author: Wundersitz, L.N.
Publisher: Centre for Automotive Safety Research
Issue Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781921645396
ISSN: 1449-2237
Assignee: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA)
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LN Wundersitz
Abstract: Despite improvements in road safety, young drivers continue to be over-represented in crashes. CASR has conducted three indepth studies investigating rural and metropolitan crashes in South Australia over the last decade. In-depth investigation of crashes provides very detailed information on crashes that otherwise could not be obtained from aggregate police-reported crash data. To gain a better understanding of the specific factors that lead to young driver crash involvement, this study used the comprehensive information collected from in-depth crash investigation to examine the causes and contributing factors leading to young driver crashes. Analyses by age group and level of experience were undertaken to determine whether the incidence of specific driver errors varied over the first few years of driving and could account for the substantial decline in crashes during that time. The study also examined specific driver errors and contributing factors associated with young driver risk-taking behaviour and with those who made simple mistakes or errors that lead to crash involvement. Detailed information for 256 drivers aged between 16 and 24 years was examined to identify behaviours contributing to young driver crash involvement. Based on findings from the analysis, measures that might reduce the incidence and severity of young driver crashes are discussed within a Safe System framework.
Keywords: Young driver; crash investigation; crash causation
Rights: © The University of Adelaide 2012
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