Cognitive Function and Young Drivers: The Relationship between Driving, Attitudes, Personality and Cognition

Young drivers (aged 17–25 years) are the highest risk age group for driving crashes and are over-represented in car crash statistics in Australia. A relationship between cognitive functioning and driving in older drivers (60 years and older) has been consistently supported in previous literature, however, this relationship has been neglected in research regarding younger drivers. The role of cognitive functioning in young people’s driving was investigated both independently and within a current model of younger people’s driving performance. With young drivers as participants, driving behavior, attitudes, personality and cognitive functioning were tested and driving performance was operationalized through two measures on a driving simulator, speeding and lane deviations. Cognitive functioning was found to contribute to driving behavior, along with driving attitudes and personality traits, in accounting for young people’s driving performance. The young drivers who performed better on cognitive functioning tasks engaged in less speeding behavior and less lane deviation on the driving simulator than those who performed worse on these tasks. This result was found independent of the role of driving behavior, driving attitudes and personality traits, accounting for unique variance in driving ability.


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  • Accession Number: 01670023
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2018 11:08AM