Speed choice by drivers: The issue of driving too slowly

Horberry, T. J., Hartley, L., Gobetti, K., Walker, F., Johnson, B., Gersbach, S. and Ludlow, J. (2004) Speed choice by drivers: The issue of driving too slowly. Ergonomics, 47 14: 1561-1570. doi:10.1080/00140130412331290925

Author Horberry, T. J.
Hartley, L.
Gobetti, K.
Walker, F.
Johnson, B.
Gersbach, S.
Ludlow, J.
Title Speed choice by drivers: The issue of driving too slowly
Journal name Ergonomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-0139
Publication date 2004
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00140130412331290925
Volume 47
Issue 14
Start page 1561
End page 1570
Total pages 10
Editor R. Haslam
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Abstract Quite correctly, the majority of road safety speeding initiatives focus on drivers travelling at excessive speeds. This study, however, focused on the potential problem of driving too slowly. Six thousand, four hundred and eighty vehicles from around the Perth metropolitan area in Western Australia had their speeds recorded; observations were also made of these vehicles to identify characteristics of the driver and vehicle. In addition, a community survey with 240 members of the public was conducted to examine their attitudes towards slow drivers. As expected, results showed that older drivers drove more slowly than the other age brackets, women drove more slowly than men. and that heavily laden vehicles drove more slowly than other types of vehicles. Additionally, the slowest days were weekdays and the quickest were Saturdays. Community attitudes, generally mirrored the observational findings, and indicated that the public believed that slow driving was sometimes a safety problem causing some accidents. These data are discussed, and some possible countermeasures are briefly introduced to address the problem.
Keyword Human Engineering
Slow drivers
Q-Index Code C1

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