Compliance, practices, and attitudes towards VTIs (Vehicle Technical Inspections) in Spain: What prevents Spanish drivers from checking up their cars?
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dc.contributor.author Alonso Plá, Francisco Manuel
dc.contributor.author Useche, Sergio A.
dc.contributor.author Gené Morales, Javier
dc.contributor.author Esteban Martínez, Cristina
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-10T08:44:03Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-10T08:44:03Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/80690
dc.description.abstract Objective Mechanical conditions of vehicles may play a determinant role in driving safety, the reason why vehicle periodical technical inspections (VTIs) are mandatory in many countries. However, the high number of drivers sanctioned for not complying with this regulation is surprisingly high, and there is not much evidence on what kind(s) of motives may explain this concerning panorama. This study aimed to identify the aspects that modulate the relationship between complying (or not) with VTI's standards in a nationwide sample of Spanish drivers. The study design also addressed the drivers' awareness regarding different risky behaviors while driving, depending on their sex and their crash record. Methods 1,100 Spanish drivers completed a survey on the aforementioned issues. An analysis of variance (ANOVA) with Bonferroni post-hoc adjustment was conducted to assess significant differences (p<0.05) in the study variables. Results Most of the surveyed drivers (99.18%) reported that they always comply with VTI's requirements. The main reasons to comply were related to compliance with traffic regulation and fear of penalties, while the reasons attributed to its incompliance are, instead, stated as involuntary. Conclusion The findings of this study support the idea that more actions are needed to increase drivers' awareness of the relevance of VTIs for road safety, as well as warning them about the dangers of neglecting vehicle checking beyond merely punishing measures. For this reason and given the greater prevalence of the issue among younger segments of the driving population, it is suggested that more emphasis on the matter could be made during novice driver's training.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Plos One, 2021, vol. 16, num. 7, p. e0254823
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Alonso Plá, Francisco Manuel Useche, Sergio A. Gené Morales, Javier Esteban Martínez, Cristina 2021 Compliance, practices, and attitudes towards VTIs (Vehicle Technical Inspections) in Spain: What prevents Spanish drivers from checking up their cars? Plos One 16 7 e0254823
dc.subject Vehicles
dc.subject Consciència
dc.subject Seguretat viària
dc.subject Vehicles
dc.title Compliance, practices, and attitudes towards VTIs (Vehicle Technical Inspections) in Spain: What prevents Spanish drivers from checking up their cars?
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2021-11-10T08:44:03Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254823
dc.identifier.idgrec 148953

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