Accident risk and risk-taking behaviour among young drivers

Accid Anal Prev. 1986 Aug;18(4):255-71. doi: 10.1016/0001-4575(86)90041-2.


This paper reviews the evidence relevant to the hypotheses that young (16-25) drivers are at greater risk of being involved in a casualty accident than older drivers and this greater risk is primarily a function of their propensity to take risks while driving. The first hypothesis is clearly supported by epidemiological research even when controlling for differences in the quantity and quality of road travel and driving experience. The second hypothesis is also supported by observational and self-report surveys of driving behaviour. Some of the research and theory bearing on risk perception and risk utility, possible mediators of risk-taking, is also reviewed.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Alcoholic Intoxication
  • Automobile Driving
  • Humans
  • Risk
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Seat Belts