Background. In Queensland, it is a requirement of the graduated driver licensing program that all learners record 100 hours of supervised driving practice in a logbook before they are eligible to be considered for independent driving. Unsurprisingly, parents are the most common driving supervisor. We know that it takes time to build situation awareness (SA) skills in which the young driver is aware of driving risks in their environment, and therefore building SA skills is an implicit element of supervised driving practice. Given parents are likely to be experienced drivers, they are likely to have developed effective SA skills, however parents and learners may not realise they are not ‘seeing the same road’ while they are practising, and this has considerable implications for safety and for learning. Aim. The aim of the study was to investigate the situation awareness skills of learner drivers and parents. Method. Twelve learner-parent dyads provided a verbal commentary regarding ‘what they were looking at’ (thus providing insight into their SA) during the presentation of two 15-minute segments of real-world driving footage captured by GoPro cameras and rendered suitable for 2700 projection in a cave-simulation environment. Commentary transcripts were analysed for content, with a particular focus on differences and similarities between and within parents and learners. Results. The SA skills of the learners and the parents are currently being analysed, and the presentation will discuss and compare these skills. Discussion and implications. The findings will provide unique insights into young driver and parent SA skills. As such the findings will allow the development of intervention(s) which can assist learners and their parents to optimise their learning and teaching experiences, thereby improving road safety for young drivers and for all with whom they share the road.
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