Cross-cultural effects on drivers' hazard perception

LIM, P.C., SHEPPARD, E. and CRUNDALL, D., 2013. Cross-cultural effects on drivers' hazard perception. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 21, pp. 194-206. ISSN 1369-8478

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Hazard perception tests are used in several developed countries as part of the driver licensing curriculum, however little research has been done in developing countries where road safety is a primary concern. We conducted a cross-cultural hazard perception study to examine the transferability of hazard perception skills between Malaysia and the UK, using hazard clips filmed in both countries. The results showed that familiarity with both the driving environment and type of hazard facilitated drivers' ability to discriminate hazards in a timely manner, although overall drivers viewed and responded to hazards largely similarly regardless of origin. Visual strategies also appeared to be moderated mainly by the immediate driving environment rather than driver origin. Finally, Malaysian drivers required a higher threshold of danger than UK drivers before they would identify a situation as hazardous, possibly reflecting the more hazardous road environment in Malaysia. We suggest that hazard perception testing in developing countries requires a test where performance cannot be confounded with differing thresholds for hazardousness.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Creators: Lim, P.C., Sheppard, E. and Crundall, D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: November 2013
Volume: 21
ISSN: 1369-8478
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:33

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