The categorisation of drivers in relation to boredom

Transportation Planning and Technology (Impact Factor: 0.51). 02/2011; 34(1):51-69. DOI: 10.1080/03081060.2011.530829


This paper develops the concept of driver boredom by utilising a cluster analysis to describe different types of driver. A two-step cluster analysis of a 49-item questionnaire measuring driver boredom attitudes and perceptions was performed on 1563 UK drivers, yielding four groups, labelled as ‘young, inattentive and dangerous’, ‘enthusiastic and attentive’, ‘slow and unwilling’ and ‘safe and experienced’. These clusters are compared to ascertain personality and affect differences and whether or not there are different crash and penalty histories. The significant differences found enable the clusters to be seen in wider terms than simply boredom; they are considered in terms of theories of flow and arousal and also in light of previous attempts to classify driver types. This paper reports analyses that are part of a larger study of driver boredom.

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    • "I argue that the centrality of the rather mundane and commonplace utterances and practices that related to being bored and having fun, especially in relation to place, is critical. The research I refer to here that relates to boredom is (1) research that directly addresses boredom, that is either psychological (usually quantitative: Caldwell et al. 1999; Harvey, Heslop, and Thorpe 2011; Mercer-Lynn et al. 2011) or philosophical (which have been undertaken within literary studies, theoretical sociology or philosophy: Dalle Pezze and Salzani 2009), or (2) research that covertly relates to boredom in some sense, which includes a wider range of studies from the whole spectrum of disciplines/research areas. Within this latter category, boredom is often taken for granted, not considered analytically and/or is seen as an unwanted and negative outcome of spatial, social or cultural conditions. "
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