Some new research from Monash University Accident Research Centre indicates that safer vehicles produce less injuries in crashes where young drivers are involved. The report “Vehicle safety and young drivers Stages 2 and 3: Analysis of young driver crash types and vehicle choice optimisation” (Report number 292, 2009)
The overall aim of this study was to examine the implications of young driver vehicle choice on secondary safety outcomes. This was achieved by investigating the young driver crash profile and developing and assessing scenarios for changing young driver vehicle choice to optimise road trauma outcomes. The research demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities if the vehicle choices of young drivers move towards vehicles with high crashworthiness ratings.
The full report can be found at http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library