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  • Typically, safetyrelated driver education programs are aimed at changing knowledge of vehicle operation rules and regulations. However, vehicle crashes are as likely to be related to driver personality variables as they are to the knowledge of vehicle operation and rules and regulations. In a study with 48 licensed drivers, crashes were found to be significantly correlated with conscientiousness, a fivefactor model personality dimension, but not with scores on a driving knowledge test. It would appear that prevention efforts should also be directed at changing conscientiousnessrelated behaviors, including an emphasis on goalsetting, and following rules and regulations. 2001 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community

author list (cited authors)

  • Arthur, W., & Doverspike, D.

publication date

  • January 1, 2001 11:11 AM