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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.
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
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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