Pre-driving adolescent attitudes: Can they change?

H. N. Mann, T. Lansdown

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    The problem of reducing young drivers' high accident rates has been approached from many different angles but a primary focus has been to try and find ways of changing the attitudes and behaviours of young people who are already drivers. It is hypothesised that there is a link between pre-driver attitudes, intentions and their future driving behaviour. By changing pre-driver attitudes and/or intentions, individuals may mature into safer drivers. This study approaches this young driver problem by looking at pre-drivers' attitudes to driving to see how they change over time. The results from two questionnaires indicated significant gender differences and changes in responses (both long-term and short-term) over a 6-month period. It is concluded that adolescent attitudes and intentions towards driving remain fluid such that they may be positively influenced through pre-driver interventions, even if only temporarily. Regular pre-driver interventions could thus reinforce safe driving messages and create safety-conscious driving attitudes in the next generation of drivers. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)395-403
    Number of pages9
    JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


    • Attitudes
    • Intentions
    • Pre-driver education
    • Pre-drivers
    • Theory of planned behaviour


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