Driving Vengeance and Willful Violations; Clustering of Problem Driving Attitudes

This article reports on a study of driving vengeance and willful violations (collectively called “problem driving attitudes”). In the study, 93 volunteers (46 female, 47 male) from Toronto, Canada, with at least 5 years' driving experience, completed a battery of self-report questionnaires assessing the likelihood of engaging in mild driver aggression, frequency of past driver violence, driving vengeance, and willful violations. The results showed that mild driver aggression increased independently with elevated vengeance and elevated violations. Driver violence was predicted by a three-way interaction of Vengeance and past Violations and Gender. For example, violence increased in male drivers with a vengeful attitude, especially in combination with higher levels of violations. The authors conclude that driver aggression and violence are more prevalent among drivers who have clusters of other dangerous driving attitudes and behaviors as part of their typical behavior routine. Thus, while all drivers may sporadically engage in problem driving behaviors, the chronic violator represents a driver who consistently maintains unsafe and illegal actions as part of his or her typical driving behavior pattern. The authors conclude with a brief discussion of the limitations of the study.

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  • Authors:
    • Hennessy, Dwight A
    • Wiesenthal, David L
  • Publication Date: 2005-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 61-79
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  • Accession Number: 01045295
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2007 6:58PM