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Aggressive Driving on Australian Roads

Stephens, A., Fitzharris, M.

Driver Psychology 2

ARSC conference 2017

A national study was conducted to understand the prevalence of driver aggression, the type of drivers who are likely to exhibit aggressive behaviour, and whether this is emblematic of a broader pattern of dangerous driving behaviour. The majority of drivers reported some form of aggressive driving, with age and gender differences apparent. Young male drivers (aged 22-39) reported the most extreme aggression, with 36% having chased another driver when angry at least once. Aggressive driving was associated with drink-driving, speeding, and the use of a hand-held phone, suggesting it may be part of a larger suite of problem behaviours.