Findings on Risk Management Reported by Investigators at University of North Carolina (Parent comments and instruction during the first four months of supervised driving: An opportunity missed?)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Investigators discuss new findings in Risk Management. According to news reporting out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "The present study examined the nature of the comments and instruction provided by parents during supervised driving. Unlike previous studies which rely on self-report, the data in this study were obtained through direct observation of parents and teens using in-vehicle cameras with audio recording."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of North Carolina, "The cameras were installed in the vehicles of 50 families for the first four months of the learner license stage. The findings show a great deal of conversation takes place while teens are driving with a supervisor, and that much of this conversation concerns driving. Sixty-one percent (61%) of all recorded clips included driving-related conversation. The most common type of comment by parents was instruction about vehicle handling or operation, observed in 53% of those clips with conversation about driving. This was followed by pointing out something about the driving environment (such as when it was clear to enter traffic; 23%), negative comments about the teen's driving (22%), and helping the driver navigate (18%). Other potentially helpful types of instruction, including explanation or insights regarding higher order skills (e.g., hazard anticipation and detection), were noticeably less frequent. Moreover, higher order instruction remained low during the first four months of the learner stage, even as instruction about vehicle handling/operation decreased."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These findings suggest parents are not taking full advantage of the opportunity provided by mandatory periods of supervised driving to help their children develop an understanding of important aspects of driving."
For more information on this research see: Parent comments and instruction during the first four months of supervised driving: An opportunity missed? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;69():15-22. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.H. Goodwin, University of North Carolina, Sch Public Hlth, Dept. of Maternal & Child Hlth, Chapel Hill, NC 27515, United States. Additional authors for this research include R.D. Foss, L.H. Margolis and S. Harrell.
Keywords for this news article include: Chapel Hill, United States, North Carolina, Risk Management, North and Central America
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