The most likely cause of an accident is human error, according to a study by researchers at UCLA and the University of Southern California, who found that driver education is more likely to cause a crash than any other factor.
The study looked at accident rates at six schools in California and the states of Oregon and Nevada.
It found that in general, drivers with less than four years of driving experience had the highest accident rates.
The study was published online April 27 in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention.
“If you’re a young driver, you need to be careful,” said lead researcher Laura E. Haggerty, an associate professor in the department of automotive safety at UCLA.
“The most likely scenario is a collision.
It’s the safest scenario.”
Haggerty and her colleagues found that drivers who completed driver education programs in the three California school districts had the lowest accident rates among all drivers.
However, these drivers also had the least likely crash rate of all the students surveyed.
The team of researchers conducted a study of nearly 50,000 students from schools in six California counties and examined crash rates by gender, age, and the type of training they received.
They also looked at how each school was organized and what kind of driver training programs students were receiving.
The school districts in the study included: San Joaquin, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, and Kern counties.
“Our findings suggest that more emphasis should be placed on driver education,” Haggery said.
“It’s important that drivers know how to properly use their vehicle, and they should have some experience with the road.
That should be the first thing they take to the shop.
We’re not suggesting they do anything wrong.”
The researchers also noted that in the schools where drivers received the most education, the average crash rate was lower than that of drivers who did not.
However the study didn’t look at the driver education of students in the high-school age group, which makes up about a third of all drivers in California.
Haggert said the study was important because it shows that drivers can learn to ride safely and that it’s important to look at education in the context of the road, not just in a classroom setting.
“The lesson is to look beyond a classroom,” she said.
Hagarty and her co-authors noted that the study is preliminary and doesn’t address the issue of why drivers with more experience are more likely than those with less to have an accident.
However it does show that driver training may have an impact on accidents.
“In general, the longer you drive, the more you are exposed to the road and you have more exposure to the weather,” she explained.
“This means you have less opportunity to be distracted by road conditions.”
Hagy added that drivers with a longer education may be more aware of what to expect in the road or in the parking lot and that this is a good thing.
“It is important to remember that it is not a matter of what the students are learning in a class or a classroom, but of the driver and the school environment,” she noted.