Current Psychology

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 324–334

A Social-Cognitive Model of Driver Aggression: Taking Situations and Individual Differences into Account

  • Chris S. Dula
  • E. Scott Geller
  • Frances L. Chumney

DOI: 10.1007/s12144-011-9120-3

Cite this article as:
Dula, C.S., Geller, E.S. & Chumney, F.L. Curr Psychol (2011) 30: 324. doi:10.1007/s12144-011-9120-3


Aggressive driving is a phenomenon that has taken on tremendous significance in society. While the issue has been studied from perspectives of several disciplines, relatively few comprehensive empirical investigations have been conducted. This may be due, at least in part, to a scarcity of comprehensive theoretical works in the field, from which methodical research hypotheses could be derived. This paper reviews major extant theories of general aggression to offer a rationale for choosing a particular framework to apply to the topic of aggressive driving. The social-cognitive model of aggressive driving is recommended, as it takes into account wide-ranging cognitive, situational, and dispositional factors. Implications for future research are also considered.


Aggressive driving Road rage Dangerous driving Traffic safety Anger management 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris S. Dula
    • 1
  • E. Scott Geller
    • 2
  • Frances L. Chumney
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA