Conference Proceeding

Comparison of Anticipatory Glancing and Risk Mitigation of Novice Drivers and Exemplary Drivers when Approaching Curves

Authors
  • Jeffrey W Muttart (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Jennifer L Fisher (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Alexander P Pollatsek (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Jenna Marquard (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA)

Abstract

Novice drivers are overrepresented in run-off-the-road crashes. Indeed, the previous literature demonstrates that novice drivers are less likely to anticipate hazards or maintain attention to the forward roadway and as a result fail to mitigate hazards by slowing. This research was an effort to compare the linked hazard anticipation and hazard mitigation behaviors of novice drivers with exemplary experienced drivers at curves, locations that are known to have a greater crash risk. Each driver navigated three drives in a driving simulator, one of which included a moderate curve left and one of which included a tightening curve right. Experienced drivers made more anticipatory glances and began slowing significantly earlier in the curves than did novice drivers. However, novice drivers who anticipated hazards were much more likely to also mitigate the hazard. The use of these results in a PC-based driver hazard mitigation training program will be discussed.

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Muttart, J. & Fisher, J. & Pollatsek, A. & Marquard, J., (2013) “Comparison of Anticipatory Glancing and Risk Mitigation of Novice Drivers and Exemplary Drivers when Approaching Curves”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 212-218. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1490

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Published on
18 Jun 2013
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