Location

Big Sky, Montana

Date

24-6-2009

Session

Session 7 – Poster Session B

Abstract

Road users’ perception of risk while driving is the focal point discriminating prudent from imprudent behavior. One of the main factors that can influence a driver’s level of risk perception is ‘lighting’, given that the driving conditions on roads alter radically between daytime and nighttime hours. This paper describes the results of a study conducted along a section of rural road containing a sharp S-shaped curve linking two long rectilinear approach roads in the sequence ‘tangent-curve-tangent’. The driving behavior of the road users was surveyed in both directions of travel by day and at night, demonstrating a notable discrepancy in driving style between the two conditions.

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DC Citation

Proceedings of the Fifth International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, June 22-25, 2009, Big Sky, Montana. Iowa City, IA: Public Policy Center, University of Iowa, 2009: 475-481.

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Nighttime Speed Negotiation on Rural Road S-Shaped Curves: Discussion of an Experimental Case-Study

Big Sky, Montana

Road users’ perception of risk while driving is the focal point discriminating prudent from imprudent behavior. One of the main factors that can influence a driver’s level of risk perception is ‘lighting’, given that the driving conditions on roads alter radically between daytime and nighttime hours. This paper describes the results of a study conducted along a section of rural road containing a sharp S-shaped curve linking two long rectilinear approach roads in the sequence ‘tangent-curve-tangent’. The driving behavior of the road users was surveyed in both directions of travel by day and at night, demonstrating a notable discrepancy in driving style between the two conditions.