“Don’t crash!” “Shut up or I will!” — Experiences of young drivers and their advice for the Learner licence phase
Young drivers remain at considerable risk of injury and death during their early years of independent driving.
Multistage licensing programs, such as graduated driver licensing (GDL), have been implemented to mandate minimum practice periods and driving restrictions such as night driving and passenger limits, however the young drivers’ opinions of learning to drive within the GDL remains largely unknown.
In this session Dr Scott-Parker discussed research findings from two 45-minute group discussions with 37 Learner drivers attending two local high schools, around their experiences in learning to drive, supervisor behaviour, GDL, road environments and interactions with other road users.
About the presenter
Dr Bridie Scott-Parker leads the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellow, and her research focus includes adolescent health and well-being more generally, and safe road use in particular.
At the time of this presentation, in 2014, Dr Bridie Scott-Parker was a USC Research Fellow within the University of the Sunshine Coast Accident Research (USCAR) (now Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems) team. Her research continues to be strongly focused on young driver behaviour and safety, having led a number of projects in this area.
Bridie is widely published and an active member of the Operator Behaviour and Regulation Committee of the United States Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, an editor of Injury Prevention, and is regularly sought as a young driver expert by media, schools and community groups.