Did the Great Recession Keep Bad Drivers Off the Road?

This study examines whether the Great Recession contributed to reductions in fatal crashes by disproportionately reducing the amount of driving done by groups of drivers that have greater rates of crash involvement.

May 2015

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Authors

Clifford Winston

Vikram Maheshri

Abstract

This research report establishes that recessions have differential impacts on driving behavior by decreasing the vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) of observably risky drivers, such as those over age 60, and by increasing the VMT of observably safer drivers.

Suggested Citation

For media inquiries, contact:

Tamra Johnson
202-942-2079
TRJohnson@national.aaa.com

Authors

Clifford Winston

Brookings Institution

Vikram Maheshri

University of Houston