Driver behaviour and decision making at railway level crossings : An exploratory on-road case study

Salmon, Paul M., Lenné, Michael G., Young, Kristie L., Tomesevic, Nebojsa, Williamson, Amy, & Rudin-Brown, Missy (2010) Driver behaviour and decision making at railway level crossings : An exploratory on-road case study. In 2010 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 31 August - 3 September 2010, National Convention Centre, Canberra.

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Crashes at rail level crossings represent a significant problem, both in Australia and worldwide. Advances in driving assessment methods, such as the provision of on-road instrumented test vehicles, now provide researchers with the opportunity to further understand driver behaviour at rail level crossings in ways not previously possible. This paper gives an overview of a recent on-road pilot study of driver behaviour at rail level crossings in which 25 participants drove a pre-determined route, incorporating 4 rail level crossings, using MUARC's instrumented On-Road Test Vehicle (ORTeV). Drivers provided verbal commentary whilst driving the route, and a range of other data were collected, including eye fixations, 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. Extracts from the wider analyses are used to examine in depth driver behaviour at one of the rail level crossings encountered during the study. The analysis presented, along with the overall analysis undertaken, gives insight into the driver and wider systems factors that shape behaviour at rail level crossings, and highlights the utility of using a multi-method, instrumented vehicle approach for gathering data regarding driver behaviour in different contexts.

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ID Code: 32500
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: At the time of this paper's presentation Amy Williamson was working at Monash University Accident Research Centre.
Keywords: rail level crossings, driver behaviour, cognitive task analysis, verbal protocol analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 03 Jun 2013 08:46
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 03:10

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