Author
Abstract
This paper presents an organized, comprehensive view of the factors known to influence young drivers' behavior and how those factors might inform interventions to reduce crashes. This effort was done from the perspective of a public health professional, with a background in health behavior and health education, interested in preventing injury and death among young people from motor vehicle crashes. The author's own studies, selected relevant literature, observation, and experience were considered and organized. A framework of six categories of influences on youthful driving behavior was developed, including the following elements: driving ability, developmental factors, personality factors, demographics, the perceived environment, and the driving environment. It is apparent that a complex set of many different factors influences young drivers' behavior. To reduce crashes, comprehensive, multilevel interventions are needed that target those factors in the framework that are amenable to change.
Year of Publication
2006
Journal
Inj Prev
Volume
12 Suppl 1
Number of Pages
i9-14
Date Published
2006 Jun
ISSN Number
1353-8047
DOI
10.1136/ip.2006.011874
Alternate Journal
Inj. Prev.
PMID
16788115