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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