Conference Proceeding

Long-Term Effects of Hazard Anticipation Training on Novice Drivers Measured on the Open Road

  • Thalia Taylor (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
  • Kathleen Masserang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
  • Anuj Pradhan (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD)
  • Gautam Divekar (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
  • Siby Samuel (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
  • Jeffrey Muttart (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
  • Alexander Pollastsek (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
  • Donald Fisher (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)


(a) The purpose of this study was to determine whether novice drivers that were trained to anticipate hazards did so better than novice drivers who were not so trained immediately after training and up to one year after training oc-curred. (b) Novice drivers who had held their restricted license for about one month were randomly assigned to a PC-based hazard anticipation training pro-gram (RAPT) or a placebo (control) training program. The programs took about one hour to complete. The effects of training were assessed in a field drive by using patterns of eye movements to assess whether drivers anticipated a potential unseen hazard. (c) The effects of training persisted over time. In the field test immediately after training, the RAPT group anticipated the hazards 65.8% of the time whereas; the control group anticipated them only 47.3% of the time. Six or more months later, the groups were brought back for a second field test and the effects of training did not diminish; the RAPT group anticipated the hazards 61.9% of the time compared to 37.7% for the control group.

How to Cite:

Taylor, T. & Masserang, K. & Pradhan, A. & Divekar, G. & Samuel, S. & Muttart, J. & Pollastsek, A. & Fisher, D., (2011) “Long-Term Effects of Hazard Anticipation Training on Novice Drivers Measured on the Open Road”, Driving Assessment Conference 6(2011), 187-194. doi:

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  • Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award

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Published on
28 Jun 2011
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