International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 5, Part O (2016)
Teenage driving in Kerala: A study among high school boys
Anju C Mathew, Sebastian NM, Roney Thomas, Sheela P Haveri and Arya S Nath
Human errors are the cause for most traffic accidents. Adolescents are more likely to commit these errors and cause accidents. Road accidents are estimated to be three times more common with teen age drivers. In India licence for driving is restricted to ages 18 years and above. But there are reports that good number of teenagers are driving especially from the state of Kerala. This study was conducted with the objective of determining what proportion of teen aged students engage in driving and their social characteristics and driving practices.
Methods: A cross sectional survey was conducted among 301 boys from 8 schools selected using multi stage random sampling. A semi structured questionnaire was used to collect information, maintaining anonymity and after obtaining permission from school authority and consent from students. Data was analysed in statistical software.
Results: 81.4% of students below 18 years engaged in driving at least a few times and 39% drive frequently. Among them 92.6% used two wheelers and 26.4% drive 4 wheelers. Mean age at first driving was 13.6 years. Parent’s approval was there for 86.9% of them. Regular helmet use was reported by only 28.6% of motor cyclists and regular seat belt use by 31.2% of 4 wheeler users. Any sort of accidents were reported by 15.6% and 21.6% reported having met at least one police checking. Social or economic status did not influence driving among teen agers.
Conclusions: Driving among adolescents is very high. Most of them have parent’s approval. Regard for use of safety measures like helmets and seat belts are rare.
How to cite this article:
Anju C Mathew, Sebastian NM, Roney Thomas, Sheela P Haveri and Arya S Nath. Teenage driving in Kerala: A study among high school boys. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(5): 1004-1006.