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Accession Number PB2013-111577
Title Reasons for the Recent Decline in Young Driver Licensing In the U.S..
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 29p
Personal Author B. Schoettle M. Sivak
Abstract This survey examined why a substantial percentage of young adults currently do not have a drivers license, and the future plans of this group concerning obtaining a license. The survey yielded useable responses from 618 persons aged 18 to 39 without a drivers license. The top eight reasons (primary or secondary) for not having a drivers license were as follows: (1) too busy or not enough time to get a drivers license (37%), (2) owning and maintaining a vehicle is too expensive (32%), (3) able to get transportation from others (31%), (4) prefer to bike or walk (22%), (5) prefer to use public transportation (17%), (6) concerned about how driving impacts the environment (9%), (7) able to communicate and/or conduct business online instead (8%), and (8) disability/medical/vision problems (7%). Of the respondents, 22% indicated that they plan on never getting a drivers license. On the other hand, 69% expect to get a drivers license within the next five years. Young adults without a drivers licensein comparison with the general population of the same agetend to have less education and higher unemployment. However, the present study was not designed to investigate whether there is a causal relationship, or the direction of the effect if there were such a relationship.
Keywords Adolescents
Crash risks
Delaying licenising
Driver behavior
Driver education
Driver license restrictions
Driver licensing
Foregoing licensing
Safety risks
State government
Traffic safety
Young adult drivers

Source Agency University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
NTIS Subject Category 85D - Transportation Safety
85H - Road Transportation
43G - Transportation
Corporate Author Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Transportation Research Inst.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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