Human Factors

News relating to human factors in road and traffic safety including driver training, driver psychology, prevention of drink driving and driver monitoring

IAM analyses contributory factors in UK accidents

Failing to look properly combined with other factors was the main contributing factor in over 30,000 accidents recorded in the UK during 2013. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has identified that once again ‘failure to look properly’ is the …

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Research project opens on driver behaviour

Social factors and their influence on driver behaviour will be examined in a joint reseach project to improve road safety involving Goodyear and the LSE. Goodyear and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are cooperating on an …

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Research into driver brain wave monitoring

Jaguar Land Rover is researching technology to prevent distraction and sleep impairment accidents by monitoring driver brain waves. Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a range of new road safety technology research projects that are being developed to reduce the number …

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Advice on avoiding being a victim of road rage

The Institute of Advanced Motorists advises drivers on how to avoid incidences of road rage by adopting a different frame of mind. In providing advice to drivers on how to avoid the unpleasant incidence of road rage, Peter Rodger of …

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Sleep impaired driving danger increases as clocks go forward

The dangers of driving whilst sleep increase for a short time as much of the world changes their clocks to summer time in March. As the USA moves to Daylight Saving Time and the UK begins British Summer Time, the …

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Immersive distracted driving simulator features at motor show

Toyota and Oculus Rift are presenting their fully immersive simulator at the Detroit motor show to illustrate the dangers of distracted driving. Visitors to the Detroit Motor Show this year have the opportunity to take part in a 3D realistic …

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UK lags behind in traffic safety education

The IAM is calling for improved education of young people in traffic safety to reduce the potential for casualties on Britain’s roads. A recent survey conducted by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has shown that of fifteen European countries, …

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One in six Swedish motorists exhibit poor visual acuity

Research in Sweden has shown that one out of every six motorists in the country has vision that falls below the required standard for drivers. A study conducted by vehicle testing organization, Bilprovningen, and Synoptics in Sweden has shown that …

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Hazard perception test wins road safety award

Road Safety Awards jury cites hazard perception test as being signicant in reducing road collisions and long overdue for an award. The driving theory examination in the UK has included a hazard perception test since 2002 and has been credited …

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Campaign launches to promote safer walking routes for schools

Road safety charity embarks on 2014 Giant Walk campaign to raise awareness of road safety in schools and encourage children to take safer walking routes. With tens of thousands of school children in Britain learning about road safety every year …

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