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Moral reasoning in traffic: About the possible relations between moral reasoning and traffic safety

Veldscholten, N. (2015) Moral reasoning in traffic: About the possible relations between moral reasoning and traffic safety.

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Abstract:In choosing to participate in traffic in a responsible manner, not only cognitive skills are needed, but also socio-moral reflection. Three assessments were developed to measure the level of moral reasoning in traffic situations. Also, possible relations between moral reasoning and traffic safety were studied, including variables as the involvement in accidents, driving behaviour, motives to comply with the rules, mileage and personal characteristics as age and gender. The results indicate that the lower levels of moral reasoning are related to a higher number of accidents, to a higher driving speed, and to a higher degree of space-taking behaviour. Furthermore, the findings suggest that men show more risky driving behaviour than women, as well as younger drivers do than older ones. With reference to these conclusions, it might be useful to pay more attention to moral behaviour in traffic in second phase driver’s programs. This might contribute to lower accident rates in the target group of young drivers.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68375
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