Published On: Thu, Apr 28th, 2016

Aggressive driving reflects adjacent culture


You may have seen aggressive drivers on the roads. A recent research study has shared that aggressive driving behavior is a manifestation of a person’s adjacent culture, both on the road and on a broader social level.

The results recommend that a few countries and cultures perhaps much vulnerable to aggressive or competitive driving behaviors because of their social surroundings, and that development in that ground would as well be witnessed in driving behavior. Haizhong Wang, a researcher of the study and an assistant professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University in the US, stated that “The choice to be competitive versus cooperative always starts with culture, by the influences around us and the way other people behave,”

Wang further added that “And it’s clear there’s a role for education and experience, where studies have shown the value of young drivers participating in driver education program and receiving positive guidance from their parents and peers,” The research study also entails that diverse social situations might eventually interpret into improved drivers.

The researchers further continued that though, these hazardous behaviors are becoming a global phenomenon of approximately plague amounts somewhat as a response to packed road networks.

The results, cited in the journal Procedia Engineering, illustrated that these kind of behavior is much distinct in men than in women.

The research was done with drivers in China where competitive driving is much frequent.

Wang continued that the issues in China as it arrives gradually more packed with drivers, though, imitate alike concerns at divers’ levels across the globe.

In this evaluation, the researchers ended that drivers in crowded conditions usually considered that the disordered traffic condition was responsible for their competitive behavior, and they had no alternative except to contend for space, the main concern, and get benefits by speed and spacing.

Straightforwardly, it was right and correct that they should endeavor to continue with or get forward of traffic; that was the instance made for them, and they drove that way as everyone else did.

Though, the research moreover recommended that “personality traits draw on and are influenced by aspects of one’s social environment.”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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