Implicit evaluations about driving skills predicting driving performance

Bicaksiz P., Harma M., Dogruyol B., Lajunen T., ÖZKAN T.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART F-TRAFFIC PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR, vol.54, pp.357-366, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.trf.2018.02.022
  • Page Numbers: pp.357-366
  • Keywords: Measurement of driving skills, Implicit evaluations, Computer-based tests, Driver behaviors, ASSOCIATION TEST, DRIVERS, SAFETY, RISK, PERSONALITY, VIOLATIONS, EXPERIENCE, COMPONENTS, PERCEPTION, ATTITUDES


Self-reported measures of driving skills have the potential shortcomings of the general self report methodology such as social responding and self-enhancement biases. In the present study, the Implicit Association Test (IAT) procedure was adapted to measure the implicit evaluations of driving skills. The performance of IAT and an explicit, self-report measure of driving skills were compared in predicting driver behaviors and performance. Ninetyone Turkish male drivers participated in the study. The results showed that the implicit test and the self-reported driving skills scale showed different patterns of relationships with the outcome measures in the regression analyses. In addition, the implicit measure of driving skills moderated the relationship between self-reported driving skills and some of the outcome measures used in the current study. These results support the need to use the implicit measures in addition to self-report measures to better understand drivers evaluations of their driving skills, which has the potential to influence their risky driving. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.