Initial development of psychological road audits: combining human factors, safe design and traffic psychology

Horberry, Tim, García-Fernández, Pedro, Ventsislavova-Petrova, Petya and Castro, Candida (2013). Initial development of psychological road audits: combining human factors, safe design and traffic psychology. In: HFESA Conference Proceedings - 2013. HEFSA 2013: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 2013 Annual Conference, Perth, Australia, (). 2-4 December 2013.

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Author Horberry, Tim
García-Fernández, Pedro
Ventsislavova-Petrova, Petya
Castro, Candida
Title of paper Initial development of psychological road audits: combining human factors, safe design and traffic psychology
Conference name HEFSA 2013: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 2013 Annual Conference
Conference location Perth, Australia
Conference dates 2-4 December 2013
Proceedings title HFESA Conference Proceedings - 2013
Journal name Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Annual Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA)
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Total pages 13
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: Road safety audits are becoming increasingly important around the world. They are often used to assess a new road before it is opened to the public, or to audit an existing highway. Aims: Whilst traditional road audits are of critical
importance, it is hypothesized that a driver-centred approach by means of ‘psychological road audits’ could be beneficial for the safe road design process. The aim of this ongoing research is to develop a psychological road auditing process.

Method: The methodology being developed currently consists of three main components. Firstly, a naturalistic driving study, in which participants drive along the road being audited. Secondly, experimenters perform an analysis of the main driving
tasks: these are decomposed into sub-tasks. Finally, a workshop with some of the drivers used in component 1: this identifies risks for each sub-task by means of a participatory ergonomics process, current controls employed are noted, road design deficiencies are identified and user-centred design improvements are developed.

Results: The project is a new Australian-Spanish-UK collaboration. Initial data have been collected using a newly-opened highway in Granada, Spain: this road had a mixture of driving tasks, such as intersections and multi-lanes, plus has a comparatively high accident rate. To date, a range of experienced and novice drivers have driven the 10km route and had their verbal responses recorded.

Conclusion: This research is still in its early stages. However, the approach used here, of providing a structured
means of driver-centred safe highway design is producing potentially valuable results.
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Additional Notes Presented as Paper #0002 during Session "Transport Safety".

 
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