Australian parents’ willingness to use a rideshare vehicle to transport their unaccompanied children

Sjaan Koppel, Sujanie Peiris, Xin Zou, Chernyse W.R. Wong, David B. Logan

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify the key factors associated with Australian parents' willingness to use a rideshare vehicle to transport their unaccompanied child(ren). Six hundred and thirty-one participants completed an online survey (M = 39.2 years, SD = 10.5, Range = 18.0–70.0 years; Female: 63.4%). Most participants (62.1%) reported that they would 'never' use a rideshare vehicle to transport their unaccompanied child(ren). The results of a logistic regression model showed that participants': previous use of a rideshare vehicle with their child, annual mileage, propensity for technology adoption, aberrant driving behaviours, as well their requirements for vehicle features were significantly associated with their willingness to use a rideshare vehicle to transport their unaccompanied child, χ2(7) = 159.59, p < 0.001. Overall, the findings suggest that Australian parents are mostly ‘unwilling’ to use a rideshare vehicle to transport their unaccompanied children. Understanding the views of parents towards emerging transportation modes for their children is crucial for urban planning, traffic engineering, economic and social mobility and ultimately, on supporting safe modes of transportation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-98
Number of pages15
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume86
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Child occupant
  • Child restraints
  • Parents
  • Restraint
  • Rideshare services
  • Road safety

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