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dc.contributor.authorWalton, D.
dc.contributor.authorBathurst, J.
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-17T01:57:09Z
dc.date.available2012-09-17T01:57:09Z
dc.date.issued1998
dc.identifier.citationWalton, D., & Bathurst, J. (1998). Perceptions of the average driver's speed compared to perceived driver safety and driving skill (Working Papers No. 1-98). Lower Hutt, New Zealand: The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11072/774
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the self-enhancement bias in driver attitudes, the finding that drivers rate themselves better than the average driver on safety and skill perceptions (Svenson, 1978, 1981; McCormick, Walkey & Green, 1986). A sample of 86 New Zealand drivers were asked their perceptions of their own and others' speeds in two conditions, 50 km/h and 100 km/h. The results established the self-enhancement bias for speed and safety, but not skill. Between 85% and 90% of drivers claimed to drive slower than the 'average driver.' A new methodological technique derived from Harr? and Gillett (1994) was used to investigate the direction of the self-enhancement bias. The results support Downward Comparison Theory (Wills, 1981) because drivers consider other drivers negatively, rather than exaggerating their self-perceptions.
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking papers"1-98"
dc.rightsTBA
dc.subjectSelf-enhancement bias
dc.subjectDriver attitudes
dc.subjectSafety perception
dc.subjectSkill perception
dc.subjectSpeed perception
dc.subjectDownward Comparison Theory
dc.subject.other380100 Psychology
dc.titlePerceptions of the average driver's speed compared to perceived driver safety and driving skill.
dc.typeWorking Paper
opnz.bibliographicCitationThe Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
opnz.comformsToLower Hutt, New Zealand


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