Factors Causing Aberrant Driving Behaviors: A Model of Problem Drivers in China

The motive of this study was to investigate the aberrant driving behaviors of “problem drivers” who had more violations and accidents, measure the characteristics of them, and explore the factors that make them problem drivers. A questionnaire that measures driving behaviors, driving attitudes, driving skills, and personality characteristics was implemented via the Internet, to problem drivers (frequent violations or more accidents) and safe drivers (fewer violations or accidents). A logistic regression model was employed to explore what kinds of drivers had more traffic violations or accidents. Results showed that age and frequency of driving were significantly correlated with their violations and accidents. Problem drivers have poor driving skills and tend to drive faster, which leading to more violations. Attitudes toward bicycle riding also had a significant effect on Chinese drivers' driving behaviors. However, the two groups did not show significant differences on personality characteristics. The results suggested that attitude and driving skill were significant factors that influence penalty points and accidents of drivers in China. This research can provide guidance in driving behavior modification and traffic safety education. Behaviors of drivers in China may become safer if their skills can be improved and their attitudes toward traffic safety are changed.


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  • Accession Number: 01675803
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2018 3:00PM