Ethical Predispositions to Violate or Obey Traffic Rules and the Mediating Role of Driving Styles

This article reports on a study undertaken to examine the influence of drivers’ ethical perspective on their traffic violations. The authors also focused on the potential mediating role of driving styles. The authors contend that traffic violations can arise from conscious decisions to break rules that are put in place by authorities; said rules are designed to avoid crashes and the harm produced from crashes. The study included a convenience sample 313 drivers from the city of Iasi (Romania), age range 19-72 years, driving experience ranged from 1 to 53 years. The drivers completed three assessment measures: Forsyth’s (1980) Ethics Position Questionnaire (EPQ, 20-items in two subscales, namely relativism and idealism); the Multidimensional Driving Style Inventory—Romanian version (MDSI-RO, 2015; 41 items that self-report seven driving styles), and the Drivers Behaviour Questionnaire (DBQ, 2010; (self-reported errors, aggressive and ordinary violations). The authors found that, contrary to their hypothesis, high ethical relativism was associated with fewer aggressive traffic violations. The study also highlighted significant interactions between idealism and relativism on both ordinary and aggressive violations. The authors conclude that the associations between ethical perspectives and driving styles that they found, identify and at least partially account for the ethical foundation of habitual driving behavior. The article includes a discussion of the practical applications of these findings.


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  • Accession Number: 01686710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2018 3:39PM