To err (on the road) is human? An on-road study of driver errors

Salmon, Paul M., Young, Kristie, Lenné, Michael G., Williamson, Amy, & Tomesevic, Nebojsa (2010) To err (on the road) is human? An on-road study of driver errors. In ARSRPE 2010 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 31 August - 3 September 2010, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

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Human error, its causes and consequences, and the ways in which it can be prevented, remain of great interest to road safety practitioners. This paper presents the findings derived from an on-road study of driver errors in which 25 participants drove a pre-determined route using MUARC's On-Road Test Vehicle (ORTeV). 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. The drivers tested made a range of different errors, with speeding violations, both intentional and unintentional, being the most common. Further more detailed analysis of a sub-set of specific error types indicates that driver errors have various causes, including failures in the wider road 'system' such as poor roadway design, infrastructure failures and unclear road rules. In closing, a range of potential error prevention strategies, including intelligent speed adaptation and road infrastructure design, are discussed.

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ID Code: 34488
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.
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Keywords: human error, road safety, on-road study, 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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 29 May 2013 00:13
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2013 04:21

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