Waiting for warning: Driver Situation awareness at rural rail level crossings

Salmon, Paul M., Beanland, Vanessa, Lenné, Michael G., Filtness, Ashleigh J., & Stanton, Neville A. (2013) Waiting for warning: Driver Situation awareness at rural rail level crossings. In Anderson, Martin (Ed.) Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2013 : Proceedings of the International Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2013, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, UK, pp. 403-410.

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Driver behaviour at rail level crossings represents a key area for further research. This paper describes an on-road study comparing novice and experienced driver situation awareness at rural rail level crossings. Participants provided verbal protocols while driving a pre-determined rural route incorporating ten rail level crossings. Driver situation awareness was assessed using a network analysis approach. The analysis revealed key differences between novice and experienced drivers' situation awareness. In particular, the novice drivers seemed to be more reliant on rail level crossing warnings and their situation awareness was less focussed on the environment outside of the rail level crossing. In closing, the implications for rail level crossing safety are discussed.

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ID Code: 63786
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: situation awareness, railway crossings, driver behaviour
DOI: 10.1201/b13826-85
ISBN: 9781138000421
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
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2013 00:19
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2014 15:00

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