Aggressive Driving Study - Pyschology of Driving Oct 31, 2011
Aggressive driving is nothing new. Typically, we're taught to drive at least somewhat aggressively in order to avoid accidents. However, sometimes it can be taken too far. When overly-aggressive driving leads to breaking the law, or even traffic accidents, it becomes a bigger problem.
A Temple University Fox School of Business professor recently conducted a study to look at aggressive driving. The results are interesting, but maybe not surprising. Take a look at what they found – do you agree?
(The following is an excerpt from Edmunds' Inside Line)
"'People who perceive their car as a reflection of their self-identity are more likely to behave aggressively on the road and break the law,' said the study by Ayalla Ruvio…
The two-part study, which was conducted in Israel, also found that 'those who admit to aggressive driving also admit to engaging in more incidents of breaking the law.'
'Individuals may view cars and the road space they occupy as their territory and will seek to maintain control over it and defend it as necessary,' the study said.
It also noted that a sense of being under time and pressure leads to more aggressive driving…
'The importance of one's possessions is linked to increased aggressive driving tendencies,' it said.
The study seemed to target men, noting that 'men tend to be more aggressive drivers and we know men tend to see their cars as an extension of themselves more than women.'"
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