Introduction: In-vehicle driving monitoring technologies have the potential to enable young drivers to learn from self-assessment. However, their use is largely dependent on parental involvement. Method: A total of 79 interviews were conducted with young drivers and parents regarding this technology and its use. Most had the experience of having an in-vehicle data recorder installed in the vehicle driven by the young drivers. Parents and the young drivers expressed both appreciation as well as reservations about its potential as a means to enhance the driving safety of young drivers. Results: A surprising finding was that some parents did not check the feedback and said they relied on the young driver to do so. Main concerns related to privacy, parent-young driver relationship, self-esteem and confidence, constructive use of the feedback data, and the limitations of the documentation that can be done by the technology. Conclusions: Providing parents and young drivers with a support system and tools to discuss and utilize the feedback are underscored. Challenges include addressing the invasion of young drivers' privacy and gender differences, and using the monitoring-capacity of the technology to enhance safe driving practices. Implications for programs to enhance communication and a dialogical approach between parents and young drivers are discussed.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The study was funded by a grant from the Or Yarok Association for Safer Driving in Israel. The study's sponsors were interested in a study that will explore the views of parents and young drivers on in-vehicle tracking technologies that would be conducted by researchers from an academic institution. The design of the study was devised by the researchers. Researchers from the funding organizations helped with providing data and materials, and insights throughout the study. The analysis and interpretation of the data and the writing of the report and the decision to submit the paper was conducted independently.
- Gender and driving
- In-vehicle technologies
- Novice drivers
- Parent-young driver relationship
- Qualitative study
- Road safety
- Road safety technologies
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality