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The Ig Nobel, a kind of "anti-Nobel" of science

The Director of INTRAS, Dr. Francisco Alonso, has been interviewed by the Innovadores Magazine for his article "The most hooligan Nobel Prizes", published on March 22, 2020, where he talks about the Ig Nobel Prizes.

Francisco Alonso received the Ig Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for measuring the frequency, motivation, and effects of yelling and calling names while driving a car. Alonso considers the experience to be very positive since he had the opportunity to give a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to hundreds of people, something that is not easy to achieve.

Spain triumphs in these original awards that, according to its creators (Journal Annals of Improbable Research), recognize research that "first makes you laugh and then makes you think".

Traffic jams accumulate at the entrances of Valencia

Dr Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the newspaper Las Provincias because of his article “Atascados” (“Stuck in a traffic jam”), published on 10 November, 2019. where he talk about traffic jams in Valencia.

Traffic jams accumulate at the entrances of the city, such as the Silla, Ademuz or Cid avenue.

Alonso believes that, “with the increase in traffic due to economic recovery, the internal circulation of Valencia has worsened significantly. That also affects the accesses”

Works in the accesses, traffic lights changes, new bike lanes and lack of public transport also influence.

According to Alonso, "slowing down traffic does not cause people to stop taking the car”.

What consequences has a bad vision in your driving?

Dr. Francisco Alonso and Dr. Andrés Gené have been interviewed by the magazine "Consumer”, of Eroski, for his article "Can I have my driver's license withdrawn due to vision problems?", published on October 2, 2019

Dr. Alonso explained that if you have a low visual capacity, your perception is limited and it is impossible for us to make good decisions, so executions will be wrong.

An annual visual review is recommended to confirm that all visual parameters are adequate. Not doing so means not having control over possible changes in your acuity or other visual abilities that can affect road safety", said Dr. Gené.

Why do people behave aggressively while driving?

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the Val 202 Channel of the National Radio Slovenia for his program "Frekvenca X" (Frequency X), broadcast on September 19, 2019.

The program, which is defined as a science show for all ages, dedicated this broadcast to the winners and nominees for the Ig Nobel Prize under the title "Through humor, a reflection of science is made."

Dr. Alonso talked about various aspects of the research "Shouting and Cursing while Driving: Frequency, Reasons, Perceived Risk and Punishment", for which he received the Ig Nobel de La Paz in 2018.

The number of road fatalities remain inadmissible

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the Radio Station "Ser" for his program "Hoy por hoy" in its broadcast on September 9, 2019, with respect to various issues related to traffic in Valencia.

 Francisco Alonso has addressed issues as diverse as the beneficial and damaging aspects of the release of the AP-7, the decline in road deaths this year, the future of electric, diesel and gasoline cars, and urban mobility in the city of Valencia.

As for the descent of the dead, Alonso believes that, although we can congratulate ourselves for having achieved it, the figures remain unacceptable as we are talking about human lives. According to Dr. Alonso, in addition to intervening on the roads, it must also be done on the behaviors of individuals and for this, Road Education is essential.

Calling or sending a message to someone while driving can cause a fatal accident

Especially among the population most accustomed to checking their cell phones: young people.

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by El País for his article “Have you arrived yet?”. The WhatsApp that causes more deaths per year on the road ”, published on June 27, 2019

Francisco Alonso is essential to learn to separate from the mobile phone, to not be permanently attentive to the phone and ready to respond at all times, as if this were our life and many times it is the friends and family who incite and provoke the driver through a risk behavior

According to Alonso, part of the solution to this drama goes through road education in schools and colleges.

Why are cars made that can exceed 300 kilometers per hour if the maximum speed is 120?

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by Tele5 for its News in its broadcast of June 12, 2019, in relation to the serious accidents that have occurred in recent days due to excessive speed or the images on social networks of reckless driving, that reopens the debate about the factory limitation on maximum vehicle speed.

Experts propose that younger offenders or drivers cannot buy these types of vehicles.

The European Union opts for intelligent speed systems that warn the driver of its excesses, although it can decide when to disconnect them.

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The aging of the population and the increase in their number have certain implications in traffic

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed for the article "Aging also impacts on traffic: are older drivers dangerous?", of the digital bulletin published every four months by the General Council of Colleges of Qualified Professionals, published on May 24, 2019.

According to Dr. Alonso, that a person over 65 years of age drives a vehicle is not dangerous in general terms but we must consider the individual differences that lead to some people aging faster than others, despite having the same chronological age.

With aging, basic capacities for driving and operating vehicles and using the roads are affected and, in addition, the consumption of various drugs by this group, due to their own physical and health conditions, affect the ability to drive.

However, Dr. Alonso points out that the problems of older people in the field of traffic are not limited only to their role as drivers, but that they have the greatest risk as pedestrians.

The improvement of road safety, transformation of values and respect for traffic rules could change through training aimed at children and adolescents during school

On the occasion of the approval by the Executive Power in the Dominican Republic of six regulations derived from Law 63-17 on Mobility, Land Transportation, Traffic and Road Safety, prepared under the advice of INTRAS, on January 31, 2019 it was carried out a meeting with the media where Dr. Francisco Alonso, Director of INTRAS and advisor of the National Institute of Traffic and Land Transportation (INTRANT) of the Dominican Republic, stated that this is intended to change the problem of road safety, through the implementation of new policies and regulations throughout the country.

Banish mobile phone use behind the wheel

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by Tele5 for its News in its broadcast of October 30, 2018, regarding the use of the mobile phone in driving and camouflaged trucks with which the DGT is experiencing, from which the agents can see better to those who are using it, and that is a measure that has been working in England for years.

We are playing with the lives of others

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the Radio “Apunt Radio" for his program “A ras”, directed by Jessica Crespo, in its broadcast of July 3, 2018.

Dr. Alonso believes that the main causes of traffic accidents are drugs and alcohol, distractions (highlighting the use of mobile phones) and speed.

These causes, directly related to the human factor, need a Road Education from the schools. "The question lies, not so much in knowing some rules, but in knowing that we are playing with the lives of others".

Objective: safe conventional roads

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the journal "Revista Tráfico” of the DGT, for its article "Objective: safe conventional roads", published in its number 247 of the month of July 2018.

Dr. Alonso proposes designing roads thinking of the elderly: signaling - the required one (sometimes, there is too much)-, easy to understand signals, adequate lighting and inclusion of intelligent systems (for example, interactive lightning, real-time warnings of adverse conditions, etc).

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The mobile phone has applications that can help in road safety

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the Radio “Cope Valencia" for his program “Luz de cruce”, directed by Vicente Herranz, in its broadcast of June 18, 2018.

Dr. Alonso talked about the use of mobile phone related to traffic (route planners, choice of transport type, ticketing, mobility), the dangerousness of the bus-bike lane that is being studied in Valencia and what affects drugs and alcohol in driving.

The color of the car has significant relationships with aggressiveness

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the newspaper El País, for his article "Do you pay more for a red car? Myths and truths about colors", published on May 13, 2018.

Dr. Alonso explains that research shows that dark colors are related to greater aggression in men and actions "accelerate when another driver wants to overtake" and "frequently change lanes"

Regarding the perception of the car based on the effects of its color, Alonso thinks it would be interesting that, when choosing a vehicle, drivers consider color from the perspective of road safety as an added criterion to take into account.

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To favor multimodality in the urban displacements

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the Radio Station "Ser" for his program "Hoy por hoy" in its broadcast on May 4, 2018, with respect to the changes that are taking place in the city of Valencia on mobility issues

According to Dr. Alonso, we must promote public transport and walking or cycling but in the framework of intermodal transport that also integrates other means of private transport according to the motives and needs of displacement.

Specifically, regarding the red separation lines for bicycles in bus lanes,  he considers that they increase the lack of road safety since they should not interact in the same space.

Less accidents if there is a greater presence of road information in the media

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the newspaper El País for its article “¿Por qué no dejan de aumentar las muertes en carretera?” (Why do road deaths continue to increase?), published on 22 February 2018

Dr. Alonso believes that the press plays a prominent role in the accident rate because, if there is a greater presence of road information in the media, there are less accidents of any kind and also less fatal accidents. "People become aware of security measures through the media”.

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INTRAS demands control, awareness and improvements

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the journal Levante-EMV, for his article published on 31 July 2017 on the occasion of the wave of accidents that have happened in recent months and the launch of the ten safe routes for cyclists in the Region of Valencia.

The director of the Institute on Traffic and Road Safety of the University of Valencia (INTRAS) applauds the reinforcement of the supervision but without forgetting the road maintenance.

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The bike. A dangerous mean of transport?

Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the digital diary for his article “Bicycles on the road: more cyclists and more accidents but not more deceased", published on 12 June 2017, on the occasion of the accidents that occurred last weekend in which 5 cyclists have died on the Spanish roads and two have been seriously injured.

Francisco Alonso has emphasized that cyclists "are a group of risk upon which we must draw attention" and in the measures that institutions must put in place to curb the risk.

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Traffic and accidents have increased on urban roads

Dr Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the newspaper Levante EMV for the article "The perception of how dangerous it is to drive has been lost”, published on 5 January 2017, where he speaks of the lack of measures in view of the increase in road deaths.

The fatal accidents due to distractions increased by 50% in 2016, something that Alonso blame "mainly to the use of mobile phones, not only for calls but for the use of the WhatsApp and of social networks, something that is a folly. The need to stay connected permanently is also a problem for pedestrians which results in more accidents".

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The Valencian Community leads the ranking of deaths on the road of 2016
Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the Radio "Cadena Ser" for his program "Hoy por hoy" in its broadcast on January 4, 2017.

According to Dr. Alonso, with regard to the increase in accidents on our roads there is no single explanation but it influences the increase of mobility and new measures should be introduced in response to new factors (the use of the mobile by pedestrians, driving under the effects of drugs, the vulnerability of cyclists...)

He also highlighted the high efficiency shown by the implementation of the points card and the modification of the Criminal Code in certain types of behaviour (alcohol, speed...) but considers it necessary to intensify the detection of those who are offenders in a way relatively systematic, drivers who commit infringements, especially in the urban area, that are not being adequately controlled.

2016 has ended with an increase in deaths in traffic accidents

 Dr. Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the television network Tele 5 for the reports issued in the news of 15:00 hours, presented by Isabel Jiménez, and the news of 21:00 hours, presented by Pedro Piqueras, on January 3, 2017.

The topic of the news is related to the increase in accidents for the first time in 13 years, since in 2016 there were 1,038 fatal accidents on interurban roads in which 1,160 people died and another 5,067 needed hospitalization as a result of injuries sustained.

Road Education under examination
Dr Francisco Alonso has been interviewed by the journal Tráfico, published by the Directorate-General of Traffic, for its article published on 23 November, 2016 and related to the report made by the DATS group of Intras for the DGT that has evaluated the impact of the education of the Education Road in the primary, secondary and high school students of Spain.

The main issues raised in this study were:

  • What has been the degree of participation in road education?
  • What are the knowledge, attitudes, risk perception and behaviours of children?
  • Is road education effective?
  • The influence of safe behaviour on parents
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The increase of accidents leaves the highest accident rate in urban roads in 15 years
Newspaper Información, of Alicante, has interviewed Dr Francisco Alonso for the article published on 21 November 2016.

Francisco Alonso refers to the increase of urban mobility, and especially what is done on foot or by bicycle, along with demographic aging and there are more elderly pedestrians.

Alonso emphasizes the added vulnerability of pedestrians, the elderly, cyclists and motorcyclists, and considers it essential that road safety interventions be intensified in the urban area. In addition, it insists on the need to become aware, through the appropriate campaigns to the citizens, about the behaviours of little respect that are given towards the vulnerable users.

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Do you use your mobile phone at the wheel? Well it's like drunk driving

El País interviewed Dr. Francisco Alonso for the article published 7 August 2016, in its site

"Smartphones have a very negative influence on driving. When we use them, our reactions to the events we face are slower and sometimes non-existent", says Francisco Alonso.

"You have to forget the cell phone while driving or when you walk. Nothing is so urgent and nobody has us because to require that urgency when we play with life", consider Alonso.

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At the wheel, better alone or accompanied?

Dr. Francisco Alonso was interviewed by the Journal Tráfico, published by the Directorate-General of Traffic, in its number 235 of April 2016.

"It's not a question of choosing but of learning good behaviours so as not to be an additional source of distraction," says Alonso.

Alonso also believes that "it is fundamental to raise awareness of the co-pilot as an element that can be helpful if he does well, with some guidelines to maximize its usefulness and minimize distractions and risks". And the driver, for his part, "must also be active and tell the co-driver how he can help and what actions can distract him".

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Why do we change when we are at the wheel?

The aggressiveness when we are at the wheel is something that is the order of the day. What is driving a car that makes violence appear even in the calmest people?

Dr. Francisco Alonso, has been interviewed by Mía Magazine for the article published in number 1538.

Spanish drivers perceive a high frequency of aggressiveness: 7.4 out of 10, according to a study by Attitudes and the University Research Institute on Traffic and Road Safety at the University of Valencia.

Do parents influence their children? What about children in their parents?

The issue 234 (February, 2016) of the Journal Tráfico, edited by the Directorate- General of Trafic, collects a study developed by the INTRAS for such entity and which is related to “Evaluation of the current state of road safety education", which places parents, mothers and police among the main road educators, according to the children.

Francisco Alonso, the researcher responsible for the study, points out "there is an incongruity between what is taught to children and what they observe from their parents".

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The Drone. More agile, faster and cheaper, for use in traffic control
Dr Francisco Alonso has carried out a declaration in the news programme of Telecinco related to new technologies applied to Traffic, specifically the use of Drones in Traffic control, highlighting the importance of the development of new technological systems that help reduce accidents.
The turbo-roundabouts could begin to spread across Spain
Dr. Francisco Alonso has carried out statements on the online journal The Huffington Post, for the article "Turbo-roundabouts: another lap to finish the roundabouts problems" on 7 February 2015.

According to Dr. Alonso, these new designs require that drivers become accustomed to them and learn how to circulate, so they should be reinforced with more road signs.

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Improve the training of less experienced motorcyclists on two wheels

Dr Fancisco Alonso has spoken to the news programme of Telecinco in relation to the accident rates of motorbikes in cities.

Most motorcyclists who suffer accidents have the most basic motorcycle license or simply the car license, which also allows drive motorcycles up to 125 cc., and without previous experience in these vehicles.

The new threat to road safety is called Whatsapp
Experts in traffic detect a recovery in accident rate due to distractions.

Dr. Francisco Alonso has made statements to the newspaper Las Provincias where he warns that there is an increase in the use of the mobile in the vehicle (already called "texting"), especially encouraged by the application mentioned and "the relaxation and overconfidence generated by the reduction of fatal accidents with a consequent decrease in the perception of risk"

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Should there be an age limit to drive?

Dr Francisco Alonso made a statement in the online newspaper The Huffington Post, for the article in which the experts are against to the Directorate-General of Traffic put a limit to the age of conduction.

Although with age there are perceptual, cognitive and motor deficits that affect the abilities to drive, Dr. Alonso acknowledges that many older people are "very aware" of their limitations and are more cautious and "self-limiting" going at less speed, taking the car only for the day or traveling only by motorways and highways.

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The traffic increases in Valencia this year for the first time after falling 15,5% since 2008

Regarding the increasing traffic in the city of Valencia, Dr Francisco Alonso has made a statement to the newspaper 20 minutos.

According to Dr. Alonso, it will be necessary to be alert to see the consequences of this increase in traffic in accident rate, especially due to the significant increase in users of motorcycles and bikes.

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Future technologies and drug use in driving, major shortcomings in which to investigate
RNETo celebrate the recent appointment of Professor Dr Francisco Alonso as Director of INTRAS, he has been interviewed by prominent journalists Amadeo Salvador and Arturo Blay on “Hoy por hoy. Locos por Valencia” of Cadena Radio Valencia of Cadena Ser.

Dr. Alonso spoke about the work being done at the University Institute for Research in Traffic and Road Safety since 20 years, and on the main shortcomings in which to investigate. He also believes that the risk groups of motorcycles and pedestrians should be deepened.

When we talk about mortality, almost half of occupational accidents are occupational traffic accidents
Dr Francisco Alonso has participated in the TV show “Luz de Cruce”, doyen motor programme in Valencia led by Vicente Herranz, where all the news from the world of automotive safety with road as the main protagonist are presented, and it is broadcasted in TV Mediterráneo.

In addition to occupational accidents in traffic (in itinere and on mission), other issues to be addressed have been the use of child restraints systems, the influence of emotions on driving and prosociality in traffic.

How old must let go of the children alone to school

On the occasion of the recent presentation of the App Safe Route by Audi Attitudes, Dr Francisco Alonso has made a statement in the supplement “Familia" of ABC, for the article “How old must let go of the children alone to school?”

In the opinion of Francisco Alonso, a child from the age of 10 is already prepared from the point of view of psychomotor development to make the journey. But until the age of seven "a minor has visual and cognitive limitations in recognizing the dangers that may arise and to react correctly to them"

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Communication campaign of the Audi Attitudes app "Safe Route"
Dr. Francisco Alonso participates in the communication campaign of the app Audi Attitudes "Safe Route".

Audi Attitudes has launched this application for mobiles that, apart from teaching children to go to school in the street in a safe way, also seeks that parents feel more relaxed when these trips occur.

The app is based on the study directed by Dr Alonso about children and cities.

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Is your rage the driver or you?

The journal Tráfico, edited by the Directorate-General of Traffic, interviews Dr. Cristina Esteban, for its number 224 (February, 2014) with the question "Do emotions influence driving?"

Our researcher states that "although both positive and negative emotions affects driving, negative emotions (anger, rage, irritation, aggression) have been studied to a larger extent in the field of driving, because they suppose more directly the adoption of behaviours unsafe and dangerous in traffic".

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Tips for the “Constitución-Inmaculada” traffic operation

As part of the “Constitución-Inmaculada” traffic operation, Professor Alonso has been interviewed by RNE in the local news show “13 horas Comunidad Valenciana” on 5 December 2013.

Around 1,900,000 vehicles are expected to be on the roads of the Valencian Community.

To avoid accidents, check the general condition of the car, use seat belts and avoid alcohol and medicines.


7000 drivers without license

On 10 August 2013, Professor Alonso was interviewed for the National Newscast in La 1 of RTVE, at 15:00 and at 21:00.

In the first half of this year, 7000 drivers have lost all their points, leading to the withdrawal of their license. They will need to retake the driver’s license test

30% of drivers who committed traffic offenses are in jail because they lost all their points, says Alonso, but failure to render assistance aggravates the consequences of such conduct.

At least three people have died this week due to hit-and-runs. One of those driver’s license was withdrawn until 2017. All of this is considered a crime punishable by imprisonment.


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7.000 conductores sin carné   Francisco Alonso   En prisión por delitos contra la seguridad vial
Traffic offenses in the local newscast of the Valencian Community of RTVE

Informativo Territorial

On 9 August 2013, Professor Alonso was interviewed for the local newscast of the Valencian Community of RTVE.

60% of drivers don’t know what violations entail a loss of points. In fact, most do not know how many points they have.

At some times of the year, 30% of the offending drivers are foreigners who, according to Professor Alonso, develop behaviours that they would never perform in their country. The reason is that in Spain there is no social pressure for this type of behaviour.

The Valencian Community ranks third in the list of communities with more traffic violations.


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 Francisco Alonso   Guardia Civil. Punto verificación alcoholemia
New Traffic Regulations Proposal

IntereconomíaOn 9 June 2013, Professor Francisco Alonso was interviewed in the programme AutoRadio, of Intereconomía Radio, within the space dedicated to road safety.

The main topic was the new Traffic Regulations proposal put forward by the DGT and, more specifically, the use of helmets by cyclists on urban roads and the increase in the maximum speed to 130 km/h on certain road sections.

Francisco Alonso stressed that the campaign promoted by the AEC (Asociación Española de la Carretera, Spanish Road Association), which calls for urgent measures for road maintenance, since the percentage of road sections where this speed would be possible are minimal.


"In-itinere" and "in mission" accidents

Intereconomía"In 2012, one in three work-related accidents was due to traffic. Commuting and in-mission accidents represent 10% of workplace accidents for those on work leave".

This was Professor Francisco Alonso’s remark in the interview by Intereconomía Radio on 3 February 2013 for the programme AutoRadio during its air-time dedicated to road safety.

He also highlighted the importance of the media for the dissemination of data related to such accidents, since there is always talk of accidents on weekends or special dates, while there are also risks that exist during the work week related to work or study.


Pedestrians in the city
Para Todos La2Participation in the RTVE programme "Para todos la 2".

On 18 February, Professor Alonso, director of DATS, participated in the talk of “Para todos la 2", a programme from the second channel in Spanish television, where he spoke about the risk of pedestrians in the city and their risk perception, and their knowledge and compliance with traffic rules, etc.

The talk, moderated by Juanjo Pardo, also had the participation of Nieves Peña Martos (Vice President of "Peatones de Sevilla"), Ramón Moles (Director of the Research Center "Risk Governance" at UAB) and Luis Carlos Arias Alonso (Municipal Police Sergeant of Madrid ).

According to Francisco Alonso, Psychologist and Director of DATS Research Group which is part of the University Research Institute on Traffic and Road Safety of the University of Valencia, pedestrians do not respect the traffic lights due to the modern rapid pace of life and, mostly, because they do not perceive this behaviour as risky one.


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Smoking while driving: a distraction that requires our attention

InfoTransit Professor Francisco Alonso was interviewed for the 4th issue of the journal infoTrànsit, published by the Catalan Traffic Service, and which came out in December 2010.

Smoking is a distracting activity which neither researchers nor drivers nor authorities take into account.

However, smoking while driving often leads to inadequate maneuvers such as a late-braking time at an intersection.


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infoTransit. Sumari   Doble Sentit. Fumar, conducció i distracció
The Institute of Traffic and Road Safety says women are safer than men behind the wheel que los hombres

Cadena Ser

A study by the Institute of Traffic and Road Safety, at the request of the National Confederation of Driving, reveals that women are safer behind the wheel than men.

The Institute of Traffic and Road Safety points to a habitual offender profile: male, single and young.


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Why do we adopt risky behaviours behind the wheel?

Psycholgies EspañaThis is the title of the article for which Francisco Alonso was interviews, and which is published in the 2nd issue of the journal Psychologies (March 2005).

“People drive fast because of time-related factors (…) Other reason is the deliberate pursuit of risk, activation and intense emotions (…) We have a hard time believing in the possibility of our own death as we believe that accidents only happen to others.”


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Driving: gender differences

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According to the first study conducted in Spain on social driving: "Social behavior in traffic: Practice and appreciation of the Spanish population," prepared by the Institute of Traffic and Road Safety at the University of Valencia and Audi, the profile of the antisocial driver is a man between 18 and 35 years old, while the profile of the ideal conductor is a woman between 35 and 65.


According to Francisco Alonso, a psychologist at the Institute of Traffic and Road Safety at the University of Valencia, men use cars more for sensation seeking, while women drive for more functional and useful reasons.


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Conducción: diferencias de género   Conducción: diferencias de género

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