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The categorisation of drivers in relation to boredom

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joan Harvey, Dr Neil Thorpe


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This paper develops the concept of driver boredom by utilising a cluster analysis to describe different types of driver. A two-step cluster analysis of a 49-item questionnaire measuring driver boredom attitudes and perceptions was performed on 1563 UK drivers, yielding four groups, labelled as 'young, inattentive and dangerous', 'enthusiastic and attentive', 'slow and unwilling' and 'safe and experienced'. These clusters are compared to ascertain personality and affect differences and whether or not there are different crash and penalty histories. The significant differences found enable the clusters to be seen in wider terms than simply boredom; they are considered in terms of theories of flow and arousal and also in light of previous attempts to classify driver types. This paper reports analyses that are part of a larger study of driver boredom.

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transportation Planning and Technology

Year: 2011

Volume: 34

Issue: 1

Pages: 51-69

ISSN (print): 0308-1060

ISSN (electronic): 1029-0354

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/03081060.2011.530829


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