Bad Driving is Associated with Lower Awareness of Driving

Studies of self-regulation suggest that monitoring is essential for task performance and the attainment of goals. Research was conducted to investigate factors affecting the monitoring of driving and driving safety. Participants drove on a simulator course while discussing emotional topics or daily routines. Participants’ perceptions of their driving errors, safety, and performance were recorded. Measures were also taken of the importance of driving safety and performance on the simulator. Driving safety as reflected by driving errors was strongly associated with self-awareness of driving. Driving self-awareness and driving safety were greater when the importance of driving safely was high. The discussion of emotional topics had no effect on driving, driving self-awareness, or affect. Findings indicate that lower driving self-awareness is associated with bad driving. Driving education programs should teach developing drivers that monitoring their driving performance and state is central to safely operating a motor vehicle.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    Salt Lake City, UT  United States 

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
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    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
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  • Authors:
    • Sanbonmatsu, David M
    • Strayer, David L
  • Publication Date: 2019-9


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  • Pagination: 15p

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  • Accession Number: 01719546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC 19-400
  • Contract Numbers: MPC-525
  • Created Date: Oct 14 2019 10:55AM