"I am a good driver": young people's constructions of themselves as road users

Vick, Malcolm (2005) "I am a good driver": young people's constructions of themselves as road users. Youth Studies Australia, 24 (4). pp. 28-33.

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Young people, especially young men, are a key target of a range of safe driving social marketing campaigns. Yet they continue to be overrepresented as drivers in road crashes. Interviews with a small sample of young drivers show that they understand driving in terms of skill, judgement and carefulness, but focus on skill. Despite their own evidence that they often drive dangerously, they represent themselves as good drivers, in part by using skill rather than care as the crucial criterion. This enables them to ignore the implications of both their 'occasional lapses' and 'drive safety' messages.

Item ID: 786
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1038-2569
Keywords: drivers, risk, youth
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Copyright 2005 Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 100%
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