Conference Proceeding

What Drivers Don't Know; or Don't Care

  • S David Leonard (University of Georgia, Athens)
  • G William Hill IV (Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw)
  • Jeffrey A Overdorff (Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw)


Many behaviors of drivers and passengers in automobiles are not safe practices. Three surveys were conducted to determine whether or not some of the behaviors examined previously by us and other investigators were currently occurring. In addition, we asked the respondents whether they knew their behaviors were unsafe and if they were aware of the possible risks, why did they continue to perform the behaviors? Information was also gathered about the extent to which having experienced a formal driving course affected the responses. With the exception of a few items, the participants indicated some awareness of the risks. However, they did not appreciate the relative levels of risk involved in some activities. There was little effect of having taken a formal driving course. Reasons for unsafe behaviors included lack of knowledge, presumption of low increased risk, and acceptance of risk for increased comfort.

How to Cite:

Leonard, S. & Hill, G., IV & Overdorff, J., (2005) “What Drivers Don't Know; or Don't Care”, Driving Assessment Conference 3(2005), 349-355. doi:

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Published on
29 Jun 2005
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