Arrive Alive

Driver Attitude and Speeding

DRIVER ATTITUDE AND SPEEDING

An International Study in Scotland on speeding and driver attitude concluded that:

* Attitudes on speed related attitudes – to speed limits, speed cameras remain unchanged

*Drivers are attached to their cars and the possibilities that they offer. They encourage and maintain particular patterns of household location, work, leisure and familial and social networks. But they also enable drivers to speed.

* Many, though not all, drivers speed. At the broadest level of analysis, drivers will exceed the speed limit if they have the opportunity to, feel the obligation to, or cannot resist the inclination to. The type of road they are driving on, the type of car they drive and the present road, weather and traffic conditions provide different opportunities for speeding. Felt obligations and responsibilities to those awaiting them at their destination and, for some, to the transient others with whom they are presently sharing the road, influence their speed choice. Inclinations to drive fast vary systematically with age and, to a lesser and decreasing extent, with gender.

* Reducing speeding behavior requires reducing the opportunities that facilitate fast driving, reducing the lifestyle obligations that cause drivers to speed up, and modifying inclinations to speed by enhancing the power to resist them. The first is, in principle, straightforward: change cars and roads. Price and status differentials between different makes and models of cars could be preserved, and cars remain attractive, even if none were capable of speeds substantially in excess of the maximum statutory permitted velocity. Making highways safe and comfortable to drive on — a smooth and quiet surface, long bends with a smooth camber, good sightlines — also makes them attractive to speed on.

* Reducing the presses to speed from time and schedule pressure where behavior is ruled by timetables, appointments and arrangements entered into would also be difficult, requiring a general reduction in the pace of modern life. Recognising and resisting the perceived pressure to ‘keep up’ with the traffic around you is not easy, just as overcoming any habitual behavior supported by social norms requires hard, and sometime seemingly thankless, expenditure of effort.

* The inclination to speed remains. Amongst female drivers access to faster cars and the potential for the enjoyment of speed is increasing. Amongst males, the thrill of speed — and the pleasure of a fast bend nicely judged — may not decrease with age.

* To change a person’s behavior requires either changing the person or changing the conditions under which they operate

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Health Precautions and Safe Travel

Health Precautions and Safe Travel

Health Precautions and Safe Travel The Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that we are a very connected world, difficult to isolate and easy to have germs, infections and illnesses transmitted to fellow travellers. We are vastly unprepared to fight contagion and need to be better prepared

Read More

Buying Quality Auto Parts and Safety on the Road

Buying Quality Auto Parts and Safety on the Road

On the Arrive Alive website, we emphasize the importance of vehicle roadworthiness and maintenance. The auto parts industry plays a significant role in enabling vehicle owners and mechanics to keep vehicles in roadworthy condition! But what are the risks, pitfalls and the advice we need to know when

Read More

Travel insurance and safety for travellers

Travel insurance and safety for travellers

Introduction and Description Can you depart on your vacation with the confidence that you have secured the best assistance and medical attention in the event of an emergency during your travels? Travel insurance is an essential but often overlooked item in the checklist before going on vacation. We

Read More

The Emergency Medical Kit and Safety on the Road

The Emergency Medical Kit and Safety on the Road

The Emergency Medical Kit and Safety on the Road We should always do our best to be prepared to respond to any emergency. Even though we may not be trained medical professionals there are often small bits of assistance we can provide with first aid and effective and fast response to smaller emergencies. We

Read More

Medicine / Medication and Road Safety

Medicine / Medication and Road Safety

Medication and the Effect Thereof One of the greatest sciences today is that of medicine and it doesn’t matter what season of the year, the body might need it to help cure the cause and symptoms of illness. During the winter months a lot of us head of to our pharmacist in order to buy medication

Read More

Physical Fitness for Safe Driving / Road Safety

Physical Fitness for Safe Driving / Road Safety

Introduction Much of being a safe driver is being fit to drive in the first place and knowing when this is the case. When we discuss driver fitness we tend to refer to sobriety, fatigue, eyesight etc - all those conditions that might impact on the ability to see, think, and move well enough to

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All