Correlates of dangerous driving among late adolescents: Evidence from American and Czech males

Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Julia J. Beier, Sara Yamini, Hossein Dabiriyan Tehrani, Matúš Šucha, Kryštof Petr

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Driving accidents are a leading cause of death for late adolescents and young adults, particularly males. Little research has been conducted to determine whether cultural context moderates specific risk factors of dangerous driving. The present study tested the links between sensation seeking, Big Five personality traits, and four risky driving behaviors (unintentional violations [without knowledge], mistakes [underestimating speed], and slips [misreading signs], and traffic violations) in samples of N = 280 college-age American and Czech late adolescents. A few mean level differences across countries were found. Both extraversion (3 of 4) and sensation seeking (2 of 4) were positive correlates of risky driving behaviors, while agreeableness and openness were negative ones (3 of 4). Importantly, a country main effect was found for slips, mistakes, and unintentional violations, not for traffic violations, perhaps the most salient risky driving behavior; none of the tested moderation effects by culture were statistically significant. N = 149.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112302
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
StatePublished - Oct 2023

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  • Accidents
  • Big Five
  • Driving behaviors
  • Sensation seeking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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