Recent research has explored the issue of whether young people who were born in other countries might be more vulnerable to road crashes in Australia. The study of over 20,000 newly-licensed (P1) drivers in New South Wales in particular explored differences between Australian-born drivers, those born in Asia and those born in all other countries (grouped together due to mostly small numbers).
Despite improvements in the overall rate of young driver fatalities in the last few years, findings from a new review of young driver data have shown that rural drivers and those from low socio-economic areas have continued to experience a high rate of young driver fatalities.
Road safety improvements are not adequately reaching youth aged 17-20 or living in rural or low SES areas – targeted intervention is needed.
Does psychological distress increase crash risk for young drivers? ‘Psychological distress’ is a mental health state that includes symptoms of both depression and anxiety. There are several reasons why a link between psychological distress and motor vehicle crash might exist.
A survey of more than 20,000 young Australian drivers has reported that 17-24 year old drivers with psychological distress are not at increased risk of crashing when behind the wheel.
Researchers at The George Institute showed that self-harm behaviour was associated with a significantly increased risk of car crash compared to other young drivers in the study who did not engage in self-harm.
Could some crashes be an act of self harm? In Australia up to 4,700 young people are hospitalised per year following a crash. There are 24,087 young people hospitalised per year following self harm. But is there a link? Young
Does school-based driver education improve student safety? School-based driver education programs have a long and ill-famed history in Australia. They began to grow popular and spread widely in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s and soon began to
New research investigating the benefits of young driver education programs has shown that a best practice program in schools reduces the risk of a crash among young drivers by 44%.