This paper examines patterns of risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties and identifies factors associated with persistence and change in risky driving tendencies.
- Rates of risky driving remained fairly stable between the ages of 19-20 and 23-24 years, but had significantly decreased by 27-28 years. While there was a general trend for levels of risky driving to decrease, considerable variability was found in the risky driving patterns of individuals over this period.
- Antisocial behaviour appeared to be strongly linked to persistence and change in risky driving, adding support to the view that risky driving may form part of a broader underlying propensity to engage in problem behaviour(s).
- Low social skills were associated with an increasing propensity for risky driving among some young drivers.
- Binge drinking, gender, and parental status also differentiated between drivers who exhibited different across-time patterns of risky driving.
- These findings add to a growing body of research, which suggests that risky drivers are not identical - the factors that underlie their behaviour may differ.