RESEARCH - The Transition to Unsupervised Driving

New Driver SignsThis study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is based on a small group of teen drivers using a vehicle equipped with an event data recorder called Drivecam. The Drivecam system records video and data based on abnormal triggering events such as sudden steering or braking. Recorded events were compared and contrasted for beginner (supervised) and novice (unsupervised) drivers.

Some conclusions reached in the study include the facts that the majority of recorded incidents were attributed to a small subset of drivers, that the majority of incidents involving unsupervised drivers occurred when there were no passengers in the vehicle and that the cause of incidents with unsupervised drivers were most commonly judgment errors.

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