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Volume :38 Issue : 2 2010      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Kuwaiti Drivers’ Self-Assessment of Factors Determining Behavior and Skills while Driving:A Field Study

Auther : Zakiah A. Alhashemi

The aim of this study is to investigate how personality variables and usage of mobiles while driving will predict factors determining the behavior and skills of drivers. One thousand two hundred ninety eight drivers (790 males and 508 females) filled in a form including the Driving Behavior Inventory (DBI), the Driver Skills Inventory (DSI), personality variables, and the nature of usage of mobile variables. The effects were tested on outcome variables by using hierarchical regression analysis, and it was found that age, years of experience in driving, speed, tickets, wearing a seat-belt, duration of mobile usage while driving, while usage, lower speed or moving to an emergency side of the road or continue driving, and number of accidents due to usage of mobiles predicted participants’ driving behavior. Similarly, it was found that the same variables and also usage of mobiles for sending and reading SMS messages predicted participants’ safety skills, while sex, duration of mobile usage while driving, predicted the number of accidents due to the usage of mobiles and tickets, while usage, lower speed or moving to the emergency side of the road or continuing driving, and years of experience in driving predicted participants’ perceptual motor skills. It was also found that those who scored highest on perceptual motor skills tend to drive with high risk due to trust in the vehicle.  However, those who score high on safety while driving tend to drive with care.  
Key words: Kuwait, Driving behavior, Mobiles, Safety skills, Perceptual motor skills.

 


 

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