Bridge strike reduction: optimising the design of markings

Horberry, T, Halliday, M and Gale, AG (2002) Bridge strike reduction: optimising the design of markings. Accident Analysis And Prevention, 34 5: 581-588. doi:10.1016/S0001-4575(01)00055-0

Author Horberry, T
Halliday, M
Gale, AG
Title Bridge strike reduction: optimising the design of markings
Journal name Accident Analysis And Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0001-4575(01)00055-0
Volume 34
Issue 5
Start page 581
End page 588
Total pages 8
Editor F. A. Haight
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Pergamon-Elsevier Science ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
380101 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
690101 Road safety
Abstract Cases of high-sided vehicles striking low bridges is a large problem in many countries, especially the UK. This paper describes an experiment to evaluate a new design of markings for low bridges. A full size bridge was constructed which was capable of having its overhead clearance adjusted. Subjects sat in a truck cab as. it drove towards the bridge and were asked to judge whether the vehicle could pass safely under the bridge. The main objective of the research, was to determine whether marking the bridge with a newly devised experimental marking would result in more cautious decisions from subjects regarding whether or not the experimental bridge structure could be passed under safely compared with the currently used UK bridge marking standard. The results show that the type of bridge marking influenced the level of caution associated with decisions regarding bridge navigation, with the new marking design producing the most cautious decisions for the two different bridge heights used, at all distances away from the bridge structure. Additionally, the distance before the bridge at which decisions were given had an effect on the level of caution associated with decisions regarding bridge navigation (the closer to the bridge, the more cautious the decisions became, irrespective of the marking design). The implications of these results for reducing the number of bridge strikes are discussed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Ergonomics
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Bridge Strikes
Lorry/truck Driving
Bridge Markings
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Key Centre for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology - Publications
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