Parents' views of teen driving risks, the role of parents, and how they plan to manage the risks

Allan F. Williams, William A. Leaf, Bruce G. Simons-Morton, Jessica L. Hartos

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Problem: There is limited information about how parents view teen driving risks and intend to handle these risks during the licensing process, and how they will respond to graduated licensing provisions. Methods: Parents in Connecticut were interviewed when their teens got their learner's permit. The survey was undertaken when the state did not have a midnight restriction or a passenger restriction. Results: Generally, parents were well aware of teen driving risks, thought parents should be thoroughly involved in the licensing process, and plan to be active participants themselves. Discussion: Parents were concerned about the risk of driving after midnight and already restrict that behavior. However, parents do not seem to see or understand the risks of having even one teen passenger in the vehicle. Impact on Industry: The views and existing practices of parents need to be taken into account in deciding on the provisions of graduated licensing legislation and how to best ensure acceptance and compliance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 17 Aug 2006


  • Driving restrictions
  • GDL
  • Parent attitudes
  • Parenting
  • Teen driving risks


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