Title: The categorisation of drivers in relation to boredom
Organisation: Newcastle University
Date uploaded: 2nd April 2014
Date published/launched: June 2011
This paper develops the concept of driver boredom by utilising a cluster analysis to describe different types of driver.
A two-step cluster analysis of a 49-item questionnaire measuring driver boredom attitudes and perceptions was performed on 1,563 UK drivers, yielding four groups labelled as ‘young, inattentive and dangerous’, ‘enthusiastic and attentive’, ‘slow and unwilling’ and ‘safe and experienced’. These clusters are compared to ascertain personality and affect differences and whether or not there are different crash and penalty histories.
The significant differences found enable the clusters to be seen in wider terms than simply boredom; they are considered in terms of theories of flow and arousal and also in light of previous attempts to classify driver types.
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