Vehicle Incompatibility and Driver Psychology/Behaviour

The purpose of the research is to evaluate speed selection and aggressive driving behaviour when drivers are seated at different eye heights, which represent different vehicle types. Recent research has shown that people tend to underestimate vehicle speed the higher they sit from the ground. This has been posited as one reason why sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and 4x4’s are involved in more single-vehicle rollover collisions than cars, and for anecdotal reports of SUV and 4x4 drivers demonstrating more instances of aggressive driving such as tailgating. There has been no research to date, however, assessing whether, in fact, drivers who sit higher actually drive faster or tailgate more often. These issues were investigated using two driving simulators.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Completed
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Transport Canada Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate

      Vehicle Systems Research Division
      330 Sparks Street, Tower C, 8th Floor
      Ottawa,     K1A 0N5
    • Project Managers:

      Burns, P

      Rudin-Brown, C

    • Performing Organizations:

      Transport Canada Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate

      Vehicle Systems Research Division
      330 Sparks Street, Tower C, 8th Floor
      Ottawa,     K1A 0N5
    • Start Date: 20030000
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20060000
    • Source Data: RiP Project 27429

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01461171
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
    • Files: RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:40PM