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The Accumulation of Driving Experience by Learner Permit Holders

Stephenson, W.J., Catchpole, John

Driver Licensing & Training


It is important for new drivers to gain as much supervised driving experience as possible during the time they hold a learner permit before graduating to unsupervised driving. This project developed a framework for a program of regular monitoring of driving experience among learner drivers and examined the most appropriate method for conducting regular monitoring. The paper makes recommendations for the conduct of future surveys of learner driving experience.

Information collected through the monitoring program will be used to target and to assess the effectiveness of present and future programs intended to increase the experience levels of drivers presenting for the probationary licence test.

This paper also presents estimates of the amount of driving experience accumulated in professional lessons and supervised practice by learners at each stage of the learner permit period and reports differences between demographic groups within the learner population.