Safe & Unsafe: A Comparative Study Of Younger Male Drivers

01 November 1991

The study published in April 1991 identified within-group differences amongst younger male drivers. The 1992 report sought by qualitative research to explore some of the more general lifestyle factors by giving 56 young drivers between 17-25 years of age the opportunity to provide their own accounts and explanations of their driving behaviour based on their own realities and experiences.

Its findings challenge traditional thinking about road safety education by suggesting that pre-licence training should include social influences on driving, emphasising also that driving skills alone will not prevent accidents. Road safety campaigns have little effect on some young men who believe they are safe drivers even when they are not.

The results of this study were fundamental in the development of a policy relating to newly qualified drivers, parts of which were subsequently incorporated in the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995.