Investigating the role of roadway environment in driving errors: an on road study

Paul Salmon, Kristie Young, Michael Lenne

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This paper presents a sub-set of the findings derived from an on-road study of driving errors, the main aim of which was to investigate the role of wider road system failures in driving error causation. 25 participants drove a pre-determined route in an instrumented vehicle. In-vehicle observers recorded the different errors made, and a range of other data was collected, including driver verbal protocols, forward, cockpit and driver video, and vehicle data (speed, braking, steering wheel angle, lane tracking etc). Participants also completed a post trial cognitive task analysis interview. In conclusion, participants were found to make a range of driving errors, with speeding violations being the most common. In-depth analysis of a sub-set of representative errors indicates that driving errors have various causes, including failures in the wider road ‘system’ such as inappropriate or poor road environment design and unclear road rules and regulations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting - 2011
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2011 - Las Vegas, United States of America
Duration: 19 Sept 201123 Sept 2011
Conference number: 55th

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
ISSN (Print)2169-5067
ISSN (Electronic)1071-1813


ConferenceInternational Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2011
Abbreviated titleHFES 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityLas Vegas

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