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Driver boredom and preferred driving speed

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


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Driver boredom is an area of driver behaviour that has received little attention. This study explores the factor structure underlying driver boredom and investigates age and gender differences in the experience of driver boredom and preferred driving speeds using a self-report questionnaire. A rotated principle components analysis yielded four dimensions: stimulation-seeking, enthusiasm, error proneness and control-seeking. Age and gender differences were found in these dimensions and in preferred driving speeds; stimulation-seeking and driving enthusiasm were particularly related to preferred driving speeds on all but urban roads. These findings are considered in terms of cognitive capacity required for driving, self-reported cognitive failure and error-proneness and the implications for drivers maintaining safety margins when bored.

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

Editor(s): R Bris, C Guedes Soares & S Martorell

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Reliability, Risk and Safety

Year: 2009

Volume: 2

Pages: 1237-1244

Print publication date: 07/09/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Place Published: London

Notes: Conference: Prague, Czech Republic. 7-10 September 2009.

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ISBN: 9780415555098