SELF ESTIMATION AND DRIVING BEHAVIOUR. AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION TO DISCLOSE SOCIAL-SPECIFIC SELF ESTIMATION TENDENCIES IN TRAFFIC BEHAVIOUR

SELBSTEINSCHAETZUNG UND FAHRVERHALTEN. EINE EMPIRISCHE UNTESUCHUNG ZUR AUFDECKUNG SOZIALSPEZIFISCHER SELBSTEINSCHAETZUNGSTENDENZEN DES VEKEHRSVEHLTENS

Investigations, by which the accuracy of forecasts about individuals behaviour in traffic are examined in terms of their personality and social factors, confirm the supposition that traffic behaviour represents one aspect of total conduct and therefore can be explained as part of the overall social behaviour. Question: if and to what degree in a specific case do social factors influence the individual character, already affected by learning experience, the attitude towards it as a car driver and in which direction? These questions have been experimentally investigated, during which a group of 49 drivers, none of whom had caused or been involved in a severe accident, were compared with a group of 20 "unsuitable drivers". The classification of "unsuitable driver" was applied to those who had caused an accident whilst under the effect of alcohol or drove with a disregard of the law. Results: the manner of self-estimation of the two groups was different; the "unsuitable drivers" estimated that they were better than suitable drivers (absence of self criticism and tendencies towards falsification such as apparent suitability). An item of information which may be of use in eventually connecting the social and traffic behavioural patterns stems from the result that the unsuitable drivers estimate their awareness classification to be higher than do suitable drivers when dealing with traffic movement. The results of a standardized traffic behaviour observation have been compared with the test results from a Viennese site. These showed certain positively significant correlations. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Vienna University, Austria

    Liebiggasse 5
    1010 Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • Georgoutsacos, S
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 188 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309695
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Thesis
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM