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20.12: Driving

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  • Skills to Develop

    • Driving in inclement weather


    Research conducted by

    Darin Baskin  

    Case study prepared by

    Emily Zitek 


    Many people believe that weather patterns influence driving safety. As a result, there are many web sites and other publications dedicated to giving people tips about how to drive in various weather conditions (see references and links below). Additionally, car accidents are often attributed to bad weather (e.g., see Taylor & Quinn, 1991). This study examines the beliefs and behaviors of people with respect to the important topic of driving in inclement weather.

    The participants in this study filled out a questionnaire consisting of some demographic questions and then questions asking about their transportation habits and other beliefs concerning inclement weather. This questionnaire was administered to a convenience sample of \(61\) University of Houston - Downtown students at various locations (i.e., classrooms, hallways, and the food court).

    Questions to Answer

    Is gender or age related to the likelihood of driving in inclement weather? Does the number of accidents that someone thinks occur during inclement weather relate to how often he or she takes public transportation or chooses to drive during inclement weather? 

    Design Issues 

    This is a correlational study, so we cannot infer causation. 

    Descriptions of Variables

    Variable Description
    Age The age of the participant in years
    Gender 1 = female, 2 = male
    Cho2drive How often he or she chooses to drive in inclement weather
    1 = always, 3 = sometimes, 5 = never
    Pubtran % of travel time spent on public transportation in inclement weather
    Accident % of accidents thought to occur from driving in inclement weather

    Data Files



    • Galski, T., Ehle, H. T, & Bradley, W. J. (1998). Estimates of driving abilities and skills in different conditions. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 52, 268-275.
    • Griffin, J., & Murdock, G. (1993, August). Wet weather driving. Consumers' Research Magazine, 76, 2.
    • Taylor, G. W., & Quinn, H. (1991, January 14). An arctic winter rage. Maclean's, 104, 12-13.


    • Online Statistics Education: A Multimedia Course of Study ( Project Leader: David M. Lane, Rice University.