Experiencing road traffic – thoughts about emotions and moods on the wheel

Emotions play an important role in road traffic. They influence our thinking, our attention, our decisions and our driving style. They determine whether we take risks or are concerned about our safety. They determine how we behave towards others, whether we are aggressive, angry, considerate or cooperative. They often tell us in which direction and at what speed we want to move. And they can dominate rational and let the irrational happen.

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The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing” (Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662)

Psychological aspects of motorcycling

Motorcyclists are at highest risk of being killed in a road accident. However, within the group of bikers there are subgroups which differ in the degree of being exposed to accident risk. Lifestyles, attitudes and personality traits contribute significantly to the risk of a motorcyclist being involved in an accident.

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