Role Patterns in the Structure of Risky Traffic Behaviour of Drivers of Different Groups



Objective. Analysis of the risky traffic behaviour of drivers of different groups; characteristics of patterns of role behaviour “I am a driver” – “I am a passenger”; correlations between the patterns of risky traffic behavior of drivers that have a tendency to drink alcohol.
Background. The analysis of researches devoted to the study of the risky traffic behaviour of drivers in the conditions of the road environment shows the high relevance of research in the field of the causes of accidents on the roads. In this context, interdisciplinary researches which including both individual and socio-psychological variables begin special relevance.
Study design. The patterns of risky road behavior of drivers of the different groups were studied. The features of the patterns of role behaviour (“I am a driver” – “I am a passenger”) were considered. Inter correlations between the patterns of drivers’ risky behaviour and the propensity to drink alcohol were characterized. Participants. The sample included 398 drivers of “risk groups”: 114 novice drivers aged 22 to 35 years old (M = 24,0; SD = 7,12), 52 (45,6%) of women and 62 (54,4%) of men; taxi drivers 80 people aged 29 to 43 (M = 36,1; SD = 7,15), 4 (5,0%) of women and 76 (95,0%) of men; drivers-carriers 204 people aged 26 to 40 years (M = 33,4; SD = 6,52), 18 (8,8%) of women and 186 (91,2%) of men.
Measurements. The questionnaire created by G. Meinhard (2018) for evaluation traffic risky behaviour of drivers and the Russian-language version of the AUDIT scale.
Results. Drivers’ risky traffic behaviour is characterized by the presence of various interconnected patterns.
Conclusions. There are significant differences in the patterns of traffic risky behaviour among drivers of different groups: novice drivers, taxi drivers and company drivers.

General Information

Keywords: road safety, traffic psychology, risky traffic behaviour, AUDIT, comparative analysis, screening diagnostics

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This research was supported by financial support for the project “Approbation of psychological screening methods for drivers prone to risky traffic behaviour”, carried out by MSUPE.

Acknowledgements. The authors are grateful for assistance in data collection Masters of Psychology (MSUPE) M.M. Bel’kov, T.O. Koskina, A.A. Kuznetsov, D.I. Larchuzhenkov, M.A. Plotnikova; for data analysis T. Kaart, PhD in Mathematics, Associate Professor at the Chair of Estonian University of Life Sciences; for implementation the questionnaire into the practice of the company Yu.A. Yurtaeva, Regional Safety Manager of Danone (Russia).

Received: 04.11.2021


For citation: Meinhard G., Kochetova T.V. Role Patterns in the Structure of Risky Traffic Behaviour of Drivers of Different Groups. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2023. Vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 207–221. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2023140112. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Gunnar Meinhard, Doctor of Psychology, Managing Partner, Head, TMÜ “Trafity OÜ”, Tartu, Estonia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Tatiana V. Kochetova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor at the Chair of Management Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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