Emotional abilities as predictors of risky driving behavior among a cohort of middle aged drivers

Laura Arnau-Sabatés*, Josefina Sala-Roca, Mercè Jariot-Garcia

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The aim of this study is to analyze the relationship between emotional abilities and the influence of this relationship on self reported drivers' risky attitudes. The risky driving attitudes and emotional abilities of 177 future driving instructors were measured. The results demonstrate that risky attitudes correlate negatively with emotional abilities. Regression analysis showed that adaptability and interpersonal abilities explained the differences observed in the global risk attitude index. There were some differences in the specific risk factors. The variability observed in the speed and distraction and fatigue factors could also be explained by interpersonal and adaptability abilities. Nevertheless the tendency to take risks was explained by stress management and also interpersonal components. Emotional abilities have the weakest relation with alcohol and drugs factor, and in this case the variability observed was explained by the adaptability component. The results obtained highlight the importance take off including emotional abilities in prevention programs to reduce risky driving behaviors. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-825
Number of pages8
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


  • Driver behavior
  • Emotional abilities
  • Risky driving
  • Road safety


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