Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Learner Drivers Needed; USC Aims to Understand Young Motorists' Driving Behaviour

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Learner Drivers Needed; USC Aims to Understand Young Motorists' Driving Behaviour

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MORE volunteers are needed for University of the Sunshine Coast research that aims to better understand how the driving behaviours of young motorists change when they progress from having L-plates to P-plates.

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, who is the Leader of the Adolescent Risk Research Unit at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute, is seeking learner drivers aged 16-20 who have recorded about 80 hours of driving in their logbooks.

The USC Senior Research Fellow said while learner drivers were involved in relatively few incidents on the road, young people on provisional licences faced a much higher risk of crashing.

"We know that young drivers change their driving behaviour when they pass their driving tests and gain red Provisional 1 driver licences," she said. "What we don't know is in what ways they change their behaviour."

The research project, which began earlier this year, involves smartphones being placed in the cars of learner drivers so that trip characteristics, such as where they have driven and when, can be recorded for at least one month. …

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