Theory of Planned Behavior: Application for risk taking in traffic

Florin Nicolau, Corneliu Havârneanu


This present research is aimed to determine the predictive value of an extended model of the Theory of Planned Behavior for the intent to commit a series of traffic violations, on Romanian subjects. At the same time, the causal relationship between model elements and behavior was analyzed, as well as gender and age differences in performing risky behavior.
Overall, the results presented habit as the most powerful predictor for behavioral intent. Other predictors identified were: – attitude toward behavior, subjective perception of norms or moral norm explaining. Also consistent with the results obtained in previous studies, we determined the existence of gender and age differences in the behavior of non-compliance.
In the last part of the paper we discussed the limits of this present research, directions for future research and intervention models that could be implemented in order to reduce the tendency of drivers performing risky behavior in traffic.

Theory of Planned Behavior, traffic, risk, habit

Corneliu Havârneanu – Al. I. Cuza University, Iaşi, Romania, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences E-mail:

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