ERIC Number: ED241847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Parental Views on Issues Related to Traffic Safety Education and the Licensing of Teenage Drivers. Results of a Statewide Survey of Washington Parents. Traffic Safety Education Executive Summary 1983.
Plato, Kathleen C.; Rasp, Alfred, Jr.
Most teenagers learn to drive through a combination of classroom instruction, simulated driving experiences, and road driving. As part of a larger study focusing on public opinions of traffic safety education, parental views on safety education effectiveness, the licensing of teenage drivers, and parental involvement in driver education in the state of Washington were solicited in a statewide survey. Parents of recently licensed teenage drivers (553 mothers, 255 fathers, and 24 guardians), with an average of 25 years of driving experience, completed a 22 question, one page survey. An analysis of the results showed that parents supported the requirement of a traffic safety education (TSE) course prior to licensing but did not feel a second, advanced course was necessary. Further, they believed that TSE was instrumental in helping teenagers to learn highway rules and regulations and to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner. Parents supported the idea of a probationary license for 16- and 17-year-olds which could be taken away for citations for poor performance. They did not support a restrictive license which would not allow 16- and 17-year-olds to drive between midnight and 6 a.m. Parents also did not believe students should be required to wait until age 16 to enroll in TSE courses. The majority of parents reported helping their teenager learn to drive, spending an average of 38 hours in the effort. Parents reported they were willing to pay part of the TSE course fee, and they felt a fee in the $31 to $45 range was appropriate. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers: Driver Licensing; Washington