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Moral judgements in driving situations and their implications

Page, K, Jones, S, King, Mark J.

Driver Psychology / Human Factors


Driving is governed by legislation that defines legal and illegal behaviour. However, beyond these legal regulations individuals often have their own perceptions and beliefs about the driving behaviours they consider appropriate or inappropriate in particular situations. These perceptions may encompass drivers' views about safety, courtesy, and their interpretation of legislation. These judgements of other drivers often have a moral dimension, where the behaviour of other drivers is judged as "right" or "wrong". This has implications for aggressive driving, for instance, when one driver seeks to "punish" another driver for their behaviour.