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.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour|
|Early online date||3 Apr 2014|
|Publication status||Published - May 2014|
- Driving behaviour
- Feelings of vulnerability
- Older adults