Modeling the behavior of novice young drivers during the first year after licensure

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2010

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  • Author: Prato, Carlo Giacomo

    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Ran Naor Road Safety Research Center

  • Author: Toledo, Tomer

    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Author: Lotan, Tsippy

    Or Yarok

  • Author: Taubman - Ben-Ari, Orit

    Bar Ilan University, School of Social Work

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Novice young drivers suffer from increased crash risk that translates into over-representation in road injuries. In order to effectively confront this problem, a better understanding of the driving behavior of novice young drivers and of its determinants is needed. This study analyzes the behavior of novice young drivers within a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. Data on driving behavior of 62 novice drivers and their parents, who voluntarily participated in this experiment, were collected using in-vehicle data recorders that calculate compound risk indices as measures of the risk taking behavior of drivers. Data were used to estimate a negative binomial model to identify major determinants that affect the driving behavior of young drivers during the first year after licensure. Estimation results suggest that the risk taking behavior of young drivers is influenced by gender, sensation seeking tendency, driving behavior of their parents, amount of supervised driving and level of parental monitoring.
Keyword: Novice young drivers, graduated driver licensing, in-vehicle data recorders, sensation seeking, negative binomial model
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccident Analysis & Prevention
Publication date2010
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