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Traffic Inj Prev. 2013;14(4):346-52. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2012.717729.

A study on the relationship between personality and driving styles.

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Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Facultad de Psicología, Mar del Plata 7600, Argentina. poo.fernando@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Research on driving behavior and personality traits is a key factor in the development of driver-oriented safety interventions. However, research is fragmented and a multidimensional perspective is lacking. The primary aim of this study is to assess the multiple relationships between driving styles and personality traits using the alternative 5-factor model. A secondary goal is to determine whether these relationships vary by gender and age.

METHODS:

Data were collected from a sample of 908 Argentine drivers. Driving styles were assessed using the Multidimensional Driving Style Inventory. Personality was assessed with the Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire (ZKPQ-50-CC; Aluja et al. 2006) questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Different patterns of personality are associated with different driving styles. These relationships appear to be robust with respect to gender and age; however, in some cases these variables did influence the observed relationships.

CONCLUSION:

The results provide researchers with a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between personality traits and driving styles. Practical prevention measures are discussed.

PMID:
23531257
DOI:
10.1080/15389588.2012.717729
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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