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Risky behavior must be confronted to make driving safer


Road safety is of vital concern to responsible drivers. Confronting the problem of risky drivers has been found to be essential in lowering the risk of road accidents.

It is vital to take notice of risky behavior in order to lower the risk of accidents on the road reports the University of the Basque Country. A researcher at University of the Basque Country says that aggressive and risky behavior are clear predictors of accident associated events.

Researchers have found that thoughts which are angry are significantly associated with driving which is aggressive and risky driving and crash associated events. An awareness of this association can lead to positive psychological intervention.


In this study it has been observed that there is an association between risky behavior which is linked to accident associated events and aggressive thoughts while driving. It has also been observed that more anger is seen in younger drivers who often are more aggressive in how they express themselves.

Although it may appear to be obvious that accident-related events are associated with risky behavior, this has not previously been investigated at the level of cognition or thought. The human factor is recognized as being more important than the vehicle factor and the road factor in predicting road accidents.

David Herrero, who is the author of the study, says his research team observed that accident associated events were associated with behavior that is aggressive and risky. It was observed that the youngest drivers were the ones who were most likely to experience anger and to express themselves in an aggressive manner.

It is the belief of Herrero that if we can make certain a person has the capacity to determine when he or she is behaving in a risky or aggressive manner, we will be decreasing accident associated events. A primary consideration is to act on behavior to a greater extent than thoughts, even though one thing may lead to the other.

This study has been published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Dr Harold Mandel