New Teen Drivers and Their Parents: What They Know and What They Expect

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Abstract:

Objectives: To assess teens' and parents' knowledge of teen driver safety and to compare teens' and parents' expectations about learning to drive and acquiring a driver's license. Methods: A convenience sample of 613 Connecticut teens enrolled in commercial driving schools and one of their parents completed self-administered surveys. Results: Significant differences between teens and parent expectations were noted in practice driving with a parent, driving to approved destinations, unlimited vehicle access, curfew, and teen passenger limits. Conclusions: The discrepancy between teens' and parents' expectations indicates the need to persuade and empower parents to manage their teen's driving experience more rigorously.

Keywords: driving risk; graduated licensing; motor vehicle crashes; parental management; teen drivers

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.28.5.1

Affiliations: 1: Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT. 2: Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford and Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Public Health at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT. 3: Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford and Instructor, Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT. 4: Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford and Professor, Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT.

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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