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Holistic research is the key to young driver road safety

Tackling the global issue of road safety for young and novice drivers is the driving force behind the latest research coming from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Working to prevent young driver road crashes and fatalities, Dr Bridie Scott-Parker’s research is taking a holistic perspective and looking at the broad range of factors that contribute to young driver risk, not just behaviours and attitudes.

This approach involves young drivers and their parents, community members, vehicle licensing departments, police and driving instructors. It draws upon research theories from the fields of psychology and criminology and techniques which include surveying young drivers, using cameras in vehicles, and hosting focus groups and interviews.

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker at a Fatality Free Friday event.

Collaboration is key to the research, with partners including the Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads and a range of other road safety, driver training and child development organisations both in Australia and internationally. One ground-breaking project aims to develop a best-practice model to enable professional instructors to teach higher-order skills, such as hazard perception, to young learner drivers.

Dr Scott-Parker leads the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and was recently named joint winner of the 2015 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year, awarded by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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