Are women better drivers than men?

Meadows, Michelle L and Stradling, Stephen G (2000) Are women better drivers than men? In: The Applied Psychologist. Open University Press, Buckingham, pp. 126-146. ISBN 978-0335202843

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    Are women better drivers than men? As applied social psychologists working in the area of driver behaviour this is a question we often get asked. How should we go about answering it? What - at first sight - appears a straightforward question turns out to require a range of different research tools (Meadows & Stradling, 1995). These include:
    • analyses of accident statistics
    • questionnaire/survey studies of drivers
    • performance studies using driving simulators, instrumented vehicles, videotaped driving behaviour or on-road observation
    • statistical procedures for summarising data, and exploring interactions between different variables
    • deriving models for organising concepts and findings and subsequently suggesting directions for future research.
    In this chapter we shall present information derived from using a number of these tools, mostly analyses of data from accident statistics, surveys and questionnaires, and conclude with a summary model of factors influencing the behaviour of drivers.

    Item Type: Book Section
    ISBN: 978-0335202843
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    Uncontrolled Keywords: women drivers; driver behaviour; accident statistics; competence;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Research Institute
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology > 158 Applied psychology
    300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
    Library of Congress Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Item ID: 3593
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 12:42
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 12:21

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