Group dynamics and cohesiveness among young drivers and their passengers
2008 (English)In: Journal of Safety Research, ISSN 0022-4375, E-ISSN 1879-1247Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
The objective of this investigation was to analyse the relationship between group cohesiveness and performance among young drivers and their passengers. Furthermore, interactions in the vehicle were studied to classify the scope of interventions that might change driving performance. The relationship between within-vehicle interactions, cohesiveness, and driver behaviour was also investigated, and that was achieved by practical driving exercises performed by twelve young male drivers in a specially instrumented car in real traffic and with passengers. The exercises were recorded using cameras and microphones hidden in the vehicle, and the driving behaviour was measured by different instruments. The drivers also answered a cohesiveness questionnaire. The results show that high cohesiveness led to safer driving and fewer negative interactions in the vehicle. Also, the group interactions exerted both positive and negative pressure aimed at changing the actions of the drivers.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17088OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17088DiVA: diva2:201763