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NUCCIARONE, María Isabel; POO, Fernando Martín; TOSI, Jeremías David  e  MONTES, Silvana Andrea. Inattention as a risk factor for motorcycle drivers. Temas psicol. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp. 479-490. ISSN 1413-389X.

Motorcycle crashes are an increasing problem worldwide. However, actual knowledge about motorcyclist risky behaviors, displacement patterns, and protective behaviors is scarce. This paper reports the assessment of inattention as a risk factor for road crashes in motorcyclist and also the relation of personal variables with attentional failures during driving. A sample of 110 motorcyclists from the general population of Mar del Plata answered a response sheet consisting of an instrument for the assessment of inattention during driving (ARDES-M), a scale which evaluates attentional failures in everyday life (ARCES), a scale for the evaluation of dissociative experiences (DES), an instrument that evaluates social desirability, a questionnaire about distracting activities, and a questionnaire about sociodemographic background and driving history. The Attentional Related Driving Errors Scale-Motorcyclists (ARDES-M) was developed and validated in this study. Data regarding dimensional and construct validity as well as internal consistency is given. Results indicate that attentional failures during driving are correlated to general attentional functioning. Besides, drivers who had more attentional failures reported to have been involved in more crashes than those who commited less failures. The present research could give useful information for the design of preventive and educative measures for motorcycle drivers.

Palavras-chave : Motorcyclists; Driving; Inattention; Individual differences; Driver characteristics; Traffic crashes.

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