Passion for Driving and Aggressive Driving Behavior: A Look at Their Relationship


Robert J. Vallerand, Research Laboratory on Social Behavior, Department of Psychology, University of Québec at Montréal, C. P. 8888, Station Centre-Ville, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 3P8. E-mail:


The purpose of the present research was to investigate the relationship between passion for driving and aggressive driving behavior in 3 studies. Study 1 examined the association between passion and aggressive driving behavior in a sample of undergraduate students. Results showed that an obsessive passion for driving was associated with aggressive driving behavior, while harmonious passion was not. Study 2 replicated these results with an ecologically valid sample of community-dwelling drivers. Finally, Study 3 replicated the results obtained in Studies 1 and 2 in a laboratory setting using a driving simulator under controlled frustrating driving situations with judges' assessment of aggressive driving behavior. Study 3 also showed that the emotion of anger mediated the obsessive-passion/aggressive-driving-behavior relationship.