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Driver Boredom: Does it differ across cultures and why?

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


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Driver boredom is an area of driver behaviour that has received little attention. This study utilises a factor structure underlying driver boredom in order to investigate crosscultural, age and gender differences in the experience of driver boredom and preferred driving speeds using a self-report questionnaire. The existing structure based on 49 items included four dimensions: responses to under-stimulation, enthusiasm/flow, lapse and error proneness and anxiety. Data for UK and US respondents were compared on the four factors and also on the relationships between these factors and personality variables, allowing for age and gender. Differences were found between two main country groups and some gender differences were also found. These findings are considered in terms of cognitive capacity required for driving, self-reported cognitive failure and errorproneness and the implications for drivers maintaining safety margins when bored.

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

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 10th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment & Management Conference (PSAM)

Year of Conference: 2010

Pages: CD-ROM