Big Five Personality Traits as the Distal Predictors of Road Accident Involvement

Personality characteristics are commonly believed to underlie drivers' motivation to take risks that can cause accidents. The purpose of this study is to use the Five Factor Model (FFM) as the overarching representative of personality characteristics in predicting aberrant driving behaviors and accident involvement. The FFM considers the following personality dimensions as the distal predictors of traffic accident involvement: neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness. The initial sample for the study consisted of 1001 drivers, 705 male and 296 female from three cities in Turkey, Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir. Data collection and interviews were conducted by trained university students. The study aimed to examine the mediated relationships between the Big Five personality factors and accident risk. Results indicated that all of the five personality factors had indirect effects on accident risk through their effect on aberrant driving behaviors.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 215-227
  • Monograph Title: Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Proceedings of the ICTTP 2004

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  • Accession Number: 01004364
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080443796
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 2005 7:56AM