The impact of four-wheel drive on risky driver behaviours and road traffic accidents

BENER A., Al Maadid M. G. A. , ÖZKAN T. , Al-Bast D. A. E. , Diyab K. N. , Lajunen T.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART F-TRAFFIC PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR, vol.11, no.5, pp.324-333, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.trf.2008.02.001
  • Page Numbers: pp.324-333
  • Keywords: four-wheel drive, speed, seat-belt usage, small car, Driver Behaviour Questionnaire (DBQ), traffic offences and accidents, Qatar, PASSENGER CARS, VIOLATIONS, VEHICLES, INVOLVEMENT, ERRORS, COLLISIONS


The aim of the present study was to examine the impact of four-wheel drive oil risky driver behaviours and road traffic accidents in the State of Qatar. A thousand and five hundred drivers were approached and a thousand and one hundred and ten of these drivers (263 female and 847 male) agreed to participate the study. Participants completed a questionnaire including Driver Behaviour Questionnaire (DBQ), items related to socio-demographic information, driving experience, adherence to traffic laws (including speed limits and wearing seat belt), and drivers' driving records. The results showed that four-wheel drivers committed more violations, errors, and lapses than small car users. Lapses were associated with accident involvement among four-wheel drivers whereas both errors and aggression-speeding were related to accident involvement among small car users. Four-wheel drivers also reported lower seat belt usage and higher speeding its compared to small car users. The present study revealed that four-wheel drivers were involved in nearly 40.3% of the road traffic accidents. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.