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Speed choice by drivers: The issue of driving too slowly

Horberry, T., 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). pp. 1561-1570.

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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.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright: © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd
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