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Effectiveness of a pre-licensing driver education program on five psycho-social factors over twelve months.

Authors
  • Bates, Lyndel1
  • Evenhuis, Amanda2
  • Lennon, Alexia3
  • 1 Griffith Criminology Institute and School of Criminal and Justice, Griffith University, Australia. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Australia)
  • 2 Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRSQ), Queensland University of Technology, Australia; School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 3 Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRSQ), Queensland University of Technology, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Accident; analysis and prevention
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
148
Pages
105806–105806
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2020.105806
PMID: 33166879
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

A pre and post (1, 4, and 9-12 months follow up) survey of psychosocial variables was used to examine the effect of a compulsory pre-licence driver education program for drivers aged 16-20 years, in the Australian Capital Territory. While the final survey was collected by telephone, all other surveys were completed online. Two-way mixed ANOVAs revealed that sensation seeking and optimism bias increased over time while illusionary invulnerability and differential association fell. Participants perceived driving as more risky 9-12 months after completing the course compared to their views prior to the course. These results suggest that the program may have a limited effect on these five psychosocial factors over time. Policy makers may need to carefully consider the reasons for providing driver education, the optimal time during the licensing process to provide this education, and the financial and social costs of doing so. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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