The Passenger Effect: Risky Driving is a Function of the Driver-Passenger Emotional Relationship
Version of Record online: 16 DEC 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 254–258, March/April 2014
How to Cite
Megías, A., Cándido, A., Catena, A., Molinero, S. and Maldonado, A. (2014), The Passenger Effect: Risky Driving is a Function of the Driver-Passenger Emotional Relationship. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 28: 254–258. doi: 10.1002/acp.2989
- Issue online: 6 MAR 2014
- Version of Record online: 16 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 15 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 7 MAY 2013
- Junta de Andalucía (Spain). Grant Number: PB09-SEJ4752
- Spanish MICINN. Grant Numbers: PSI2009-12217, PSI2012-39292
This research focused on the influence of imaginary passengers on drivers' estimation of the probability of having an accident in traffic situations. Participants had to imagine riding a motorcycle with either a son or a workmate as a passenger. Their task was to assess the risk of accident in a set of traffic scenarios. Risk perception was a function of sex and type of passenger. Women perceived higher risk when the passenger was a son than when a workmate. In contrast, men's estimations were rather the same for both passengers. The emotional significance of the consequences of the accident (losing a son vs. losing a workmate) modulate the perception of probability of having an accident. Finally, these results could help in designing more effective campaigns promoting road safety. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.