Job stress, burnout, and aberrant driving among professional drivers of old age

Fındık, Gizem
Commercial vehicles are involved in roughly 18% of all traffic accidents and 27% of all fatal traffic accidents in Turkey. These numbers highlight the need to investigate why professional drivers are involved in traffic accidents. Although the issue has often been on the agenda of the media, a similar impact occurred neither in scientific nor policy or applied domains yet. Therefore, the main purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between job stress, burnout, and driving related outcomes (aberrant driving) among elderly professional drivers. Participants were 120 Turkish male professional drivers with an age range of 49 to 75. They completed a demographic information form, the Occupational Stress Questionnaire (OSQ), Bergen Burnout Indicator-15 (BBI-15), and the Driver Behavior Questionnaire (DBQ). 62% and 64% of the participants reported that their job is mentally and physically tiring at least to some extent, respectively. 47% claimed to having experienced stress at least to some extent. Finally, burnout symptoms mediated the relationship between job stress and errors, lapses, and ordinary violations, but not aggressive violations. Implications of the findings are discussed.
Citation Formats
G. Fındık, “Job stress, burnout, and aberrant driving among professional drivers of old age,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.