Highway Design and Operations Standards Affected By Driver Characteristics, Volume II. Final Technical Report

This report documents an evaluation of driver characteristics and how they affect highway design and traffic operations standards. The study involved the identification of all standards which are a function of a driver characteristic; the development of a population profile for each characteristic; calculation of the sensitivity of each standard to realistic changes in a driver characteristic; and recommendation of changes to current specification values for driver characteristics and to standards. The study found generally inadequate consideration of driver characteristics in the development and application of current standards. The report provides detailed examination of the driver characteristics perception-reaction time, driver eye height, vision, information processing capacity, age, sex, and pedestrian walking speed. The report recommends modifications to several design and operations standards which currently do not accurately depict the actions required of the driver in a particular situation or do not adequately compensate for the needs of the driving population.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Bellomo-McGee, Incorporated

    410 Pine Street, SE
    Vienna, VA  United States  22180

    Andrulis Research Corporation

    7315 Wisconsin Avenue
    Bethesda, MD  United States  20014

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Safety and Traffic Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • McGee, Hugh W
    • Hooper, Kevin G
    • Hughes, Warren E
    • Benson, William
  • Publication Date: 1983-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 120p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01890316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/RD-83/015
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-81-C-00057
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2023 10:56AM