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Day MR, Thompson AR, Poulter DR, Stride CB, Rowe R. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2018; 117: 225-231.


Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK. Electronic address:


(Copyright © 2018, Elsevier Publishing)






Drivers are at high crash risk when they begin independent driving, with liability decreasing steeply over the first three months. Their behavioural development, and other changes underlying improved safety are not well understood. We adopted an innovative longitudinal qualitative design, with thirteen newly qualified drivers completing a total of 36 semi-structured interviews, one, two and three months after acquiring a full UK driving license. The interviews probed high-risk factors for new drivers, as well as allowing space for generating novel road safety issues. Analysis adopted a dual deductive and inductive interpretative thematic approach, identifying three super-ordinate themes: (1) Improvements in car control skills and situation awareness; (2) A reduction in the thrill of taking risks when driving against a background of generally increasing driving speed; (3) Early concerns about their social status in the eyes of other road users during the early stages of driving, which may put pressure on them to drive faster than they felt comfortable with. The study provides important new leads towards understanding how novice driving becomes safer over the first few months of driving, including how well-studied concepts of driving skill and style may change during development of independent driving, and bringing the less rigorously studied concept of social status into focus.

Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

Language: en


Automobile driving; Longitudinal; Novice drivers; Qualitative; Risk-taking; Young adults


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