Driving Anger, Aberrant Driving Behaviors, and Road Crash Risk : Testing of a Mediated Model

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Original languageEnglish
Article number297
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number3
Online published22 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019



With the dramatic increase in motorization, road traffic crashes have become the leading cause of death in China. To reduce the losses associated with road safety problems, it is important to understand the risk factors contributing to the high crash rate among Chinese drivers. This study investigated how driving anger and aberrant driving behaviors are related to crash risk by proposing and testing one mediated model. In this model, the effects of driving anger on road crash risk were mediated by aberrant driving behaviors. However, unlike previous studies, instead of using the overall scale scores, the subscales of driving anger and aberrant driving behaviors were used to establish the mediated model in this study. To test the validity of this model, an Internet-based questionnaire, which included various measures of driving anger, aberrant driving, and road crash history, was completed by a sample of 1974 Chinese drivers. The results showed that the model fitted the data very well and aberrant driving behaviors fully mediated the effects of driving anger on road crash risk. Findings from the present study are useful for the development of countermeasures to reduce road traffic crashes in China.

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  • aberrant driving behaviors, driving anger, mediated model, road crash risk

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