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Measuring Optimism Bias among Military Personnel

Measuring Optimism Bias among Military Personnel
Measuring Optimism Bias among Military Personnel
High numbers of young military personnel die due to road traffic collisions (RTCs). Yet, there is a paucity of research related to the contributing factors (i.e., optimism bias and willingness to take risks) associated with RTCs and the examination of road safety education program tailored at reducing young military fatalities. In order to address this gap in the literature, we examined one specific road safety educational intervention tailored for the UK military personnel and investigated their attitudes towards the program, optimism bias and willingness to take risks. Measures evaluating their optimism bias, willingness to take risks and attitudes towards the program were asked after the participants attended the road safety interventions. The results revealed that young military personnel, aged 18-25, had higher optimism bias and willingness to take risks compared to older military personnel, and that this effect diminishes with age. The results provide importance evidence related to military personnel’s attitudes to risk-taking.
Driver-education interventions, military personnel, risky-driving behaviors, road safety evaluation
1369-8478
Cutello, Clara
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Walsh, Clare
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Foerster, François
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Hanoch, Yaniv
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Hellier, Elizabeth
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Cutello, Clara, Walsh, Clare, Foerster, François, Hanoch, Yaniv and Hellier, Elizabeth (2021) Measuring Optimism Bias among Military Personnel. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. (In Press)

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Abstract

High numbers of young military personnel die due to road traffic collisions (RTCs). Yet, there is a paucity of research related to the contributing factors (i.e., optimism bias and willingness to take risks) associated with RTCs and the examination of road safety education program tailored at reducing young military fatalities. In order to address this gap in the literature, we examined one specific road safety educational intervention tailored for the UK military personnel and investigated their attitudes towards the program, optimism bias and willingness to take risks. Measures evaluating their optimism bias, willingness to take risks and attitudes towards the program were asked after the participants attended the road safety interventions. The results revealed that young military personnel, aged 18-25, had higher optimism bias and willingness to take risks compared to older military personnel, and that this effect diminishes with age. The results provide importance evidence related to military personnel’s attitudes to risk-taking.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 September 2021
Keywords: Driver-education interventions, military personnel, risky-driving behaviors, road safety evaluation

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Local EPrints ID: 451716
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/451716
ISSN: 1369-8478
PURE UUID: a4b893f1-34f6-4592-bc33-8cc8a821d9ac
ORCID for Yaniv Hanoch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9453-4588

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Date deposited: 21 Oct 2021 16:31
Last modified: 11 Mar 2022 03:00

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Author: Clara Cutello
Author: Clare Walsh
Author: François Foerster
Author: Yaniv Hanoch ORCID iD
Author: Elizabeth Hellier

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