Changes in self-reported driving intentions and attitudes while learning to drive in Great Britain

Helman, S., Kinnear, N. A. D., McKenna, F. P., Allsop, R. E. and Horswill, M. S. (2013) Changes in self-reported driving intentions and attitudes while learning to drive in Great Britain. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 59 425-431. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2013.06.038

Author Helman, S.
Kinnear, N. A. D.
McKenna, F. P.
Allsop, R. E.
Horswill, M. S.
Title Changes in self-reported driving intentions and attitudes while learning to drive in Great Britain
Journal name Accident Analysis and Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
Publication date 2013-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2013.06.038
Open Access Status
Volume 59
Start page 425
End page 431
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
• We examined changes in self-reported attitudes and intentions in learner drivers.
• Intentions related to speed, self-rated skill relative to the average driver, and thrill seeking intentions became riskier over the learning period.
• Intentions related to following distance and overtaking became safer over the learning period.
• Changes over the learning to drive period are dependent on the measure of risk used.

Novice drivers are overrepresented in traffic collisions, especially in their first year of solo driving. It is widely accepted that some driving behaviours (such as speeding and thrill-seeking) increase risk in this group. Increasingly research is suggesting that attitudes and behavioural intentions held in the pre-driver and learning stage are important in determining later driver behaviour in solo driving. In this study we examine changes in several self-reported attitudes and behavioural intentions across the learning stage in a sample of learner drivers in Great Britain. A sample of 204 learner drivers completed a self-report questionnaire near the beginning of their learning, and then again shortly after they passed their practical driving test. Results showed that self-reported intentions regarding speed choice, perceptions regarding skill level, and intentions regarding thrill-seeking (through driving) became less safe over this time period, while self-reported intentions regarding following distance and overtaking tendency became safer. The results are discussed with reference to models of driver behaviour that focus on task difficulty; it is suggested that the manner in which behind-the-wheel experience relates to the risk measures of interest may be the key determining factor in how these change over the course of learning to drive.
Keyword Novice drivers
Learning to drive
Young drivers
New drivers
Driver behaviour
Driver attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Authors' prepress title: "Changes in self-reported driving behaviours and attitudes while learning to drive in Great Britain"

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