Thrill and adventure seeking in risky driving at work: the moderating role of safety climate

Wishart, Darren, Somoray, Klaire, and Evenhuis, Amanda (2017) Thrill and adventure seeking in risky driving at work: the moderating role of safety climate. Journal of Safety Research, 63. pp. 83-89.

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Abstract

Introduction: Within many industrialized countries, the leading cause of worker fatalities and serious injuries can be attributed to road trauma. In non-occupational research, high levels of sensation seeking personality, and specifically thrill and adventure seeking, have been associated with risky driving behaviors. In work driving literature, high organizational safety climate has been associated with reduced risky driving in work drivers. However, the extent that factors such as safety climate and thrill seeking interact in regard to work driving safety remains unclear, and the current research examined this interaction.

Methods: A total of 1,011 work drivers from four organizations participated in the research. Surveys were distributed online and hardcopies were sent via mail. The survey included measures of thrill and adventure seeking, safety climate and work-related driving behaviors, as well as questions relating to participant demographics and information about their work driving. Results The results demonstrated that safety climate significantly moderated the effect of thrill and adventure seeking trait on driving errors, driving violations, and driving while fatigued.

Conclusion: These results suggest that the development of a strong safety climate has the potential to improve work driving safety outcomes by reducing the impact of particular personality traits such as thrill seeking within an organizational context. Practical application To improve work driving safety, organizations and management need to develop strategies to encourage and foster positive work driving safety climate, particularly within work settings that may attract thrill and adventure seeking employees.

Item ID: 69465
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-1247
Copyright Information: © 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 01:37
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520503 Personality and individual differences @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200408 Injury prevention and control @ 100%
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