Personality Characteristics and Risky Driving Behavior as Predictors of Persistent Traffic Accident (The Case of Addis Ababa Drivers)

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Addis Ababa University


The pllly;ose of this study was to examine the relationship among personality characteristics, risky driving behavior. frequency of traffic accident and demographic characteristics. The sample consists of 262 drivers who committed traffic accidents and came for invest(gation at four traffic police administration and investigation offices in Addis Ababa. The researcher employed availability-sampling technique to select 262 participants for the study. To canyout, the studv descriptive survey method was used. To collect the necessw)' data one questionnaire and tlVO scales were the main instruments employed. The data collected rhrough the questiollnaires were analyzed USing percentage, Pearson 's r and regression analyses. The results showed that some personality characteristics (extroversion, cOllscientiousness and neuroticism) have weak relationship with the dependent variable (i.e. for extroversion O. J 4, conscientiousness O. J 68, and Neuroticism o. J 57) and thus have weak power in predicting frequency of traffic accident. They however, predict frequency of risky driving behavior moderatelv The other important thing is that age has moderate relation ship with frequency of traffic accident, Finally, based on the findings and conclusions recommendations were made to help design early interventions and alleviate problems related with traffic accident.



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