Lifestyle and accidents among young drivers
1994 (English)In: Accident Analysis & Prevention, ISSN 0001-4575, Vol. 26, no 3, 297-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study covers the lifestyle component of the problems related to young drivers' accident risk. The purpose of the study is to measure the relationship between lifestyle and accident risk, and to identify specific high-risk and low-risk groups. Lifestyle is measured through a questionnaire, where 20-year-olds describe themselves and how often they deal with a large number of different activities, like sports, music, movies, reading, cars and driving, political engagement, etc. They also report their involvement in traffic accidents. With a principal component analysis followed by a cluster analysis, lifestyle profiles are defined. These profiles are finally correlated to accidents, which makes it possible to define high-risk and low-risk groups. The cluster analysis defined 15 clusters including four high-risk groups with an average overrisk of 150% and two low-risk groups with an average underrisk of 75%. The results are discussed from two perspectives. The first is the importance of theoretical understanding of the contribution of lifestyle factors to young drivers' high accident risk. The second is how the findings could be used in practical road safety measures, like education, campaigns, etc.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1994. Vol. 26, no 3, 297-303 p.
Recently qualified driver, Accident exposure, Behaviour, Accident proneness, Risk taking
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13577DOI: 10.1016/0001-4575(94)90003-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13577DiVA: diva2:20980