Does family background impact driving attitudes and risky behaviours? An investigation on Chinese young drivers

Wang, Zhe, Zheng, Zuduo, & Fleiter, Judy J. (2016) Does family background impact driving attitudes and risky behaviours? An investigation on Chinese young drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 95(Part A), pp. 67-77.

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The rapid pace of motorisation in China has been well documented, as has the large road trauma burden the Chinese citizens are facing as a result. China’s unique political system represents an important consideration in helping reduce road trauma, yet political factors have not been previously investigated in this context. Recently, emerging issues on the road involving the adult children of politically powerful families have become a serious social problem in China, and have drawn widespread media and public attention. This study took a novel approach to examining factors associated with risky attitudes and risky road use in China by investigating the economic and political background status of a sample of young Chinese drivers. An online survey was conducted in May 2015 with a sample size of 476 Chinese young drivers from across the country, aged between 18 and 28, including 305 males and 171 females. The results suggest that for participants who reported having a familial political background, more risky driving behaviours were reported among those participants who reported more impact on their life from that political background; while for participants without political background, higher personal income was associated with more risky driving behaviours. The findings are discussed in light of China’s political management system and potential education opportunities for young drivers.

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ID Code: 96368
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Road safety, Young drivers, Driving attitude, Risky behaviour, Economic background, Political influence
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2016.06.025
ISSN: 0001-4575
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Deposited On: 27 Jun 2016 22:35
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:38

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