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Report numberRA-2004-30
TitleExperience and accident involvement
SubtitleLiterature study
AuthorsBert Willems
Rob Cuyvers
Published byPolicy Research Centre for Traffic Safety 2002-2006
Number of pages52
Date11/02/2004
ISBN
Document languageDutch
Partner(s)PHL
Work packageOther: Behaviour
Summary

When compared with the older population, young novice drivers have higher risks to be involved in car crashes. This difference in crash risk is due to factors that are related to the age of the driver (age-related factors) and factors that are related to the experience of the driver (experience-related factors).

 

This report gives an overview of the literature concerning the role of experience in higher crash rates for the young driving population. First, evidence will be presented that shows that at least part of the higher risks of young novice drivers is explained by these experience-related factors. Second, evidence will be presented that indicates which specific experience-related factors can explain this global effect of experience.

 

After the overview of the literature, some measures that can reduce these higher crash rates for the younger drivers, will be discussed and some short remarks will be made on the implementation of a new research project concerning this problem.

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