Driving Styles, Sensitivity to Punishment and Perceived Control in Young New Car Drivers

 Iqra Khawar (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq, PhD

The present research aimed to find out relationship between driving styles, sensitivity to punishment and perceived control in young new car drivers. It was hypothesized that there was a significant relationship between driving styles, sensitivity to punishment and perceived control in young new car drivers. It was also hypothesized that driving styles and sensitivity to punishment predict perceived control. Demographics were likely to predict perceived control. Cross sectional research design was used. The sample was consisted of N = 150 men and women car drivers selected via using purposive sampling strategy. The assessment measures comprised of Multidimensional Driving Style Inventory (MDSI; Hanneke Hooft van Huysduynen.et.al, 2015), Sensitivity to Punishment and Sensitivity to Reward Questionnaire revised and clarified (SPSRQ-RC; Conner, Rahm-Knigge and Jenkins, 2018), Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS; Tangney et al., 2004) in addition to indigenous demographic questionnaire. Using SPSS version 22 correlation, multiple regression were employed. The results indicated that driving area, at which age you got license, risky driving style and dissociative driving style correlate with perceived control. Also in general driving area, at which age you got license, risky driving style and dissociative driving style negatively predict the perceived control. Findings of this study would be helpful to educate drivers to control their driving styles to avoid any type of hazardous consequences.

Keywords. Driving styles, sensitivity to punishment, perceived control.

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