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Unmasking the risk-taking driver: A Discriminant Analysis of high and low risktaking young drivers

Palamara, Peter, Stevenson, Mark

Young Drivers

2002

Previous findings from the Western Australian Young Driver Cohort Study have demonstrated that risky on-road behaviours and outcomes such as crashes and traffic offences can be partly attributed to driver personality dimensions such as sensation seeking, a trait measure of an individual?s disposition to ?risk taking?. The objective of this sub-study was to investigate how ?high? and ?low-moderate? risk-taking drivers of the cohort varied with respect to a range of dimensions relevant to driving and lifestyle. It was anticipated that such differences would have implications for the development of strategies to train, license and manage young drivers.