Feelings of vulnerability and effects on driving behaviour - A qualitative study

H. Gwyther, Carol Holland

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Feelings of vulnerability in driving can be considered an emotional response to risk perception and the coping strategies adopted could have implications for continued mobility. In a series of focus groups with 48 licensed drivers aged 18–75 years, expressions of vulnerability in driver coping behaviours were examined. Despite feelings of vulnerability appearing low, qualitative thematic analysis revealed a complex array of coping strategies in everyday driving including planning, use of ‘co-pilots’, self-regulation, avoidance and confrontive coping, i.e. intentional aggression toward other road users. The findings inform future intervention studies to enable appropriate coping strategy selection and prolong independent mobility in older adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Early online date3 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • Driving behaviour
  • Coping
  • Feelings of vulnerability
  • Older adults


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