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Researchers from Health Institute Report on Findings in Risk Management (Re-conceptualising the reckless driving behaviour of young drivers)

August 1, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- A new study on Risk Management is now available. According to news reporting out of Gold Coast, Australia, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Reckless driving is a major contributing factor to road morbidity and mortality. While further research into the nature and impact of reckless driving, particularly among young people, is urgently needed, the measurement of reckless driving behaviour also requires increased attention."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Health Institute, "Three major shortcomings apparent in established measures of driver behaviour are that they do not target the full range of reckless driving behaviours, they measure characteristics other than driving behaviours, and/or they fail to categorise and label reckless driver behaviour based on characteristics of the behaviours themselves. To combat these shortcomings, this paper reports the development and preliminary validation of a new measure of reckless driving behaviour for young drivers. Exploratory factor analysis of self-reported driving data revealed four, conceptually distinct categories of reckless driving behaviour: those that increase crash-risk due to (a) distractions or deficits in perception, attention or reaction time (labelled 'distracted'), (b) driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (labelled 'substance-use'), placing the vehicle in an unsafe environment beyond its design expectations (labelled 'extreme'), and (d) speed and positioning of the vehicle relative to other vehicles and objects (labelled 'positioning'). Confirmatory factor analysis of data collected from a separate, community sample confirmed this four-factor structure."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Multiple regression analyses found differences in the demographic and psychological variables related to these four factors, suggesting that interventions in one reckless driving domain may not be helpful in others."

For more information on this research see: Re-conceptualising the reckless driving behaviour of young drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;70():245-257. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Accident Analysis and Prevention -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B. McNally, Gnffith Hlth Inst, Behav Basis Hlth Res Center, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.

Keywords for this news article include: Gold Coast, Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Risk Management

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