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Spanish young adults' perceptions of the costs and benefits of risky driving behaviors

Dhami, MK and García-Retamero, R (2012) Spanish young adults' perceptions of the costs and benefits of risky driving behaviors Spanish Journal of Psychology, 15 (2). pp. 438-447.

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Abstract

We used an open-ended survey to elicit Spanish young adults' perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of speeding and not wearing a seatbelt (or helmet). Around half of the sample reported past engagement in these two risky behaviors, although forecasted engagement was low. Past and forecasted risk taking were positively correlated. Participants provided more drawbacks than benefits of each risky behavior. Drawbacks typically referred to a combination of behavioral acts and social reactions (e.g., accident, punishment) that occurred during the journey. By contrast, benefits largely referred to personal effects (e.g., save time, comfort) that occurred after the journey had ended (speeding) or during the journey (not wearing a seatbelt/helmet). These findings contribute to our theoretical understanding of young adults' risk taking on the road, and to the development of road safety programs. © 2012 by The Spanish Journal of Psychology.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Dhami, MKm.dhami@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
García-Retamero, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2012
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:45
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:44
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/824974

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