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The influence of personal variables on changes in driver behaviour

Lookup NU author(s): Simon Heslop, Dr Joan Harvey, Dr Neil Thorpe, Dr Corinne Mulley


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There are several theories that relate to drivers' risk-taking behaviour and why they might choose to increase the level of risk in any particular situation. Focus groups were run to identify transient factors that might affect driver risk-taking; these were recorded, transcribed and content-analysed to obtain causal attributions. Five main themes emerged, Which Could then be sub-divided these the themes are discussed in light of existing theories. It was found that the attribution to self was the most frequent, but that causal explanations were consistent with the theories of zero-risk. risk homeostasis and flow.

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Author(s): Heslop S, Harvey J, Thorpe N, Mulley C

Editor(s): S Martorell, C Guedes Soares and J Barnett

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications

Year: 2009

Volume: 1

Pages: 299-304

Print publication date: 22/09/2008

Number of Volumes: 4

Publisher: CRC Press

Place Published: London

Notes: Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2008) and 17th SRA-Europe, Valencia, Spain, September 22-25, 2008

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ISBN: 9780415485135