ERIC Number: ED253651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Driver Education for Motorcycle Operation. Final Report.
Council, Forrest M.; And Others
A three-year pilot project was conducted to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a statewide off-road motorcycle training program for beginning drivers in North Carolina. The first year of the program involved approximately 422 students from five locations, the second year involved seven sites across the State. The three basic criteria for the evaluation were the accidents and violations of the students, written test scores, and exposure data. A very small sample of students ultimately acquired or had access to motorcycles; in the experimental group, between 19 and 37 percent of the students became principal or part-time riders of motorcycles and, in the control group, only 16 to 33 percent of the students had access to bikes. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation curricula used were acceptable to both the teachers and students. Despite limitations in data collection such as the lack of crash data and difficulties in obtaining volunteers for the study, it appeared that the training did result in an increase in knowledge of safe motorcycle operation on the part of the students in the experimental group. No conclusions could be drawn, however, concerning the effects of the training on preventing motorcycle crashes. Recommendations were made concerning improving the design of future pilot projects to evaluate the feasibility of motorcycle safety training. (The teacher survey and motorcycle safety test used in the project are appended to this report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Driver Education, Feasibility Studies, Pilot Projects, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Research Design, Research Problems, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Traffic Safety
University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, CTP, 197A, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Highway Safety Research Center.
Identifiers: Motorcycles; North Carolina
Note: Prepared for the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program.