Exploring differences in driving behaviour across age and years of education of taxi drivers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Newnam, Sharon, Mamo, Wondwesen Girma, & Tulu, Getu Segni (2014) Exploring differences in driving behaviour across age and years of education of taxi drivers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Safety Science, 68, pp. 1-5.

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Despite statistics indicating that the African region has the highest road traffic fatality rate globally, there is limited scientific literature identifying the determinants of driving behaviour. In this study, we explore differences in self-reported driving behaviour across age groups and years of education in a population of 213 drivers from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

We hypothesize that younger, less educated drivers will report engaging in more unsafe driving behaviours compared to older, more educated drivers. Contrary to expectations, we found the opposite effect, whereby older, more educated drivers reported engaging in more unsafe driving behaviours than younger, less educated drivers. We explain these findings by describing key characteristics of the sample and cultural ideologies of the region. The findings of this study offer some practical guidance for intervention to address the burden of road traffic injury and death in the African region.

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ID Code: 68446
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2014.02.012
ISSN: 0925-7535
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Safety Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Safety Science, [VOL 68, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2014.02.012
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2014 01:30
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 13:41

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