Personal and Social Determinants of Aggressive and Dangerous Driving

Bruno Haje, Diane Symbaluk
2014 Canadian Journal of Family and Youth   unpublished
Aggressive and dangerous driving compromises personal and public safety. The purpose of the present study was to identify common forms of aggressive and dangerous driving and to determine contributing factors. Participants included 298 university students who completed an online survey measuring aggressive and dangerous driving and a range of possible causes. Results showed that verbal aggression was most common followed by using one's vehicle to express anger. Aggressive driving was associated
more » ... ving was associated with permissive attitudes towards driving aggression, vehicle preferences, and a disposition towards anger. Texting and eating while driving were the most common types of dangerous driving. The strongest predictors of dangerous driving were commuting distance, permissive attitudes towards distracted driving, vehicle preferences, and vehicle type. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed. 1 Bruno E. Haje is a recent graduate of MacEwan University's Bachelor of Arts Program where he achieved honours in sociology. His areas of research interest include aggressive driving, dangerous driving, and the social psychology of driving. Diane G. Symbaluk is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at MacEwan University. Her areas of interest comprise driver distraction, experimental social psychology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has various publications including a co-authored introduction to sociology textbook called Sociology in Action (2013) and articles in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education.