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Document Type: Article
Title: The effects of driver training on simulated driving performance
Authors: Dorn, Lisa
Barker, D.
Issue Date: Jan-2005
Citation: Lisa Dorn and David Barker, The effects of driver training on simulated driving performance, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Volume 37, Issue 1, January 2005, Pages 63-69.
Abstract: Given that the beneficial effects of driver training on accident risk may not be an appropriate criterion measure, this study investigates whether professionally trained and experienced drivers exhibit safer driving behaviour in a simulated driving task compared with drivers without professional driver training. A sample of 54 police trained drivers and a sample of 56 non-police trained drivers were required to complete two tasks. Firstly to overtake a slow-moving bus on a hazardous stretch of single-lane road with bends and hills and secondly to follow a lead vehicle travelling at 55 mph in a built-up section with a speed limit of 30 mph. Results showed that in comparison with non-police trained drivers, police drivers were significantly less likely to cross the central division of the road at unsafe locations during the overtaking task and reduced their speed on approach to pedestrians at the roadside in the following task to a greater extent. Police drivers also adopted a more central lane position compared with non-police trained drivers on urban roads and at traffic lights during the following task. Driver group differences in simulated driving performance are discussed with reference to the implications for driver training assessment and skill development.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1826/890
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