How well do parents manage young driver crash risks?

Bruce G. Simons-Morton, Jessica L. Hartos

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Motor vehicle crashes are extremely high among young drivers during at least the first year of licensure. Crash risks decline with increased experience, but the more newly licensed teenagers drive, the greater their risk exposure. Hence, the dilemma facing policy makers and parents is how to provide young drivers with driving experience without unduly increasing their crash risk. Graduated driver licensing policies serve to delay licensure and then limit exposure to the highest risk conditions after licensure, allowing young drivers to gain experience only under less risky driving conditions. A similar strategy is needed to guide parents. Parents do not appear to appreciate just how risky driving is for novice drivers and tend to exert less control over their teenage children's driving than might be expected. Recent research has demonstrated that simple motivational strategies can persuade parents to adopt driving agreements and impose greater restrictions on early teen driving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-97
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2003


  • Driving risk
  • Parental management
  • Parenting
  • Young drivers


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