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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


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.