Journal article

Some hazards are more attractive than others: Drivers of varying experience respond differently to different types of hazard

David Crundall, Peter Chapman, Steven Trawley, Lyn Collins, Editha van Loon, Ben Andrews, Geoffrey Underwood

Accident Analysis & Prevention | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2012


The ability to detect hazards in video clips of driving has been inconsistently linked to driving experience and skill. One potential reason for the lack of consistency is the failure to understand the structural differences between those hazards that discriminate between safe and unsafe drivers, and those that do not. The current study used a car simulator to test drivers of differing levels of experience on approach to a series of hazards that were categorized a priori according to their underlying structure. The results showed that learner drivers took longer to fixate hazards, although they were particularly likely to miss hazards that were obscured by the environment (such as a pedestri..

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