Driver style and driver skills – clustering drivers differing in their potential danger in traffic

Laila Marianne Martinussen, Mette Møller, Carlo Giacomo Prato

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    The Driver Behavior Questionnaire (DBQ) and the Driver Skill Inventory (DSI) are two of the most frequently used measures of driving style and driving skill. The motivation behind the present study was to test drivers’ insight into their own driving ability based on a combined use of the DBQ and the DSI. Moreover, the joint use of the two instruments was applied to identify sub-groups of drivers that differ in their potential danger in traffic, as well as to test for heterogeneity across the population, namely whether the sub-groups of drivers differed in characteristics such as age, gender, annual mileage and accident involvement. 3908 drivers aged 18–84 participated in the survey. The results suggested that the drivers have good insight into their own driving ability, as the driving skill level mirrored the frequency of aberrant driving behaviors. K-means cluster analysis revealed four distinct clusters that differed in the frequency of aberrant driving behavior and driving skills, as well as individual characteristics and driving related factors such as annual mileage, accident frequency and number of tickets and fines. Thus, two sub-groups were identified as more unsafe than the two others, as well as heterogeneity across the population was observed. The present findings highlight the need to look into driver’s attitudes towards safety, in order to improve the motivation to drive safely. Information from this study is useful for interventions to be able to target specific problematic groups of the population in the attempt to improve road safety nationwide.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2013
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventRoad Safety on Four Continents - Beijing, China
    Duration: 15 May 201317 May 2013
    Conference number: 16


    ConferenceRoad Safety on Four Continents


    • Road safety
    • Perceptual-motor skills
    • Safety skills
    • Driver style
    • DBQ
    • DSI
    • Attitudes


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