Young Unlicensed Drivers: Four Studies to Understand the Association of Lifestyle and Area Associated Risk

This proposal addresses the priority area of risky driving by examining young unlicensed drivers (YUDs). YUDs include drivers under age 19 who have never been licensed to drive, or whose licenses have been suspended, revoked, or expired without renewal. state crash records suggest that YUDs are a high-risk group, being involved in one of nine fatal young-driver-involved fatal crashes in the US, accounting for approximately 500 crashes and 600 fatalities, annually. due to the difficulty in identifying them, YUDs are one of the least researched and most poorly understood groups of young drivers, and currently the literature is largely devoid of information on YUDs other that that available from crash records. Previous research indicated that individual, family, and geographic attributes are associated with crashes; however, these characteristics have not been examined among YUDs. Given the crash risk of YUDs and the lack of information about this group, more in-depth analyses are badly needed. To this end, a series of four studies is proposed. The first study will examine individual characteristics of YUDs, how they differ from licensed young drivers, and their association with young driver fatalities. The second study will specifically examine driving behaviors and health practices among YUDs compared to licensed young drivers. Next, the driving practices of licensed versus unlicensed drivers will be examined. In the fourth study, the context and local area characteristics of crashes among (YLDs) versus unlicensed drivers will be explored. These studies will utilize four unique databases and will increase our understanding of who YUDs are and how they compare to licensed young drivers individually, in their driving behavior, and where they live and drive. The result will be a first step in understanding YUDs.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Center for Advancing Safe Transportation Throughout the Lifespan

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Transportation Research Institute, Behavioral Sciences Group
    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-1250
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bingham, C. Raymond

  • Start Date: 20080915
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091215
  • Source Data: RiP Project 20062

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462431
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Safe Transportation Throughout the Lifespan
  • Contract Numbers: F021546
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:03PM