Psychosocial factors significantly predict driving self-regulation in Australian older adults

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Aims:This study aimed to investigate: (i) whether attitudes and beliefs about driving predict older adults’ driving self-regulation, and how much variance in self-regulation can be explained by these factors; and (ii) if driving confidence is controlled, whether attitudes and beliefs remain significant independent predictors of driving self-regulation.Method:The present study examined the psychosocial factors that underlie driving self-regulation in 277 older adults within Australia. Participants completed standardised questionnaires about their driving, attitudes, belief and use of driving self-regulation.Results:Driving confidence, affective and instrumental attitude, and perceived behavioural control were all significant predictors of driving self-regulation. The combination of these factors accounted for 56% of the variance in driving self-regulation.Conclusion:Driving self-regulation is a complex behaviour influenced by a wide range of psychosocial factors. Improved understanding of these factors could inform strategies to improve older driver safety and influence the advice that people receive.

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