Report numberRA-2005-64
TitleExperience and accident involvement
SubtitleCasestudy by students
AuthorsBert Willems
Erik Nuyts
Published byPolicy Research Centre for Traffic Safety 2002-2006
Number of pages46
Document languageDutch
Work packageOther: Behaviour

Accident involvement of young drivers is determined by two groups of factors: age-related factors and experience-related factors. This study was conducted in order to investigate for a specific group of young drivers (first-year and second-year students of colleges and universities) the role of driving experience in accident involvement: does driving experience influence the traffic accident involvement of these young drivers?


Of 1864 people who already had a drivers license, by means of a short survey, personal data were collected (sex, age, type of driver education, date of the driver’s licence, …), accident data (date of the accident, moment of the day, moment of the week, the presence of passengers, …) but also exposure data (for each moment of the day, each moment of the week, with and without the presence of passengers).


Based on these data a model was constructed that could predict accident involvement of young drivers. The results of the model showed that the number of accidents increases with increasing exposure and this number is highest for the lowest category of driving experience (less driving experience). Young drivers were also more involved in traffic accidents during the day and on weekdays. Of the personal variables, only the type of driver education had a prognostic value for the model (but not sex). The results are discussed in light of the current driver education models.

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