Conference Proceeding

What Makes a Good Passenger? From Teen Drivers’ Perspectives

  • Yi-Ching Lee (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA)
  • Noelle LaVoie (Parallel Consulting, LLC, Petaluma, CA)


An exploratory study was designed to examine male and female teenage drivers’ perceptions and expectations of peer passengers. Qualitative methods were used to interview and survey 16- and 17-year-old licensed drivers. 10 interviewees and 96 survey respondents were included in the analysis. Consistent with previous studies, teenage drivers were concerned about passenger-related distractions. There were noticeable differences between males and females in their perceptions of peer behaviors: females most expected passengers to be non-distracting and polite and males most expected passengers to behave maturely. Future studies should focus on social factors and the psychosocial function of driving for better understanding of the peer passenger interactions, and ultimately the development of passenger-related crash prevention efforts.

How to Cite:

Lee, Y. & LaVoie, N., (2013) “What Makes a Good Passenger? From Teen Drivers’ Perspectives”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 156-162. doi:

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Published on
18 Jun 2013
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