Life in the fast lane : type A behaviour pattern, sensation seeking, and driver behaviour

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O'Connor, Martin
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study’s aim was to investigate Type A behaviour and sensation seeking in relation to Irish drivers’ behaviours and quantities of penalty points. This quantitative investigation utilised correlational, quasi-experimental and cross-sectional designs. Participants, selected through purposive sampling, were 97 undergraduate students with a current driving licence. Participants were administered self-report measures of the variables and were debriefed upon completion. Weak, statistically significant positive correlations were found between type A behaviour scores and scores on driver aggression, confidence and risk taking. Sensation seeking scores were not significantly related to driver law breaking or risk taking scores. Neither type A nor sensation seeking scores were significantly related to quantities of penalty points. Practical implications for these findings include driver education and insurance. Author keywords: Type A behavour pattern, sensation seeking, driver behaviour