HOW PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN JUDGE THE STOPPING CAPACITIES OF CARS AND PEDESTRIANS

WIE BEURTEILEN VORSCHULKINDER DIE MOEGLICHKEITEN DES ANHALTENS VON AUTO UND FUSSGAENGER

THE SPONTANEOUS AND OFTEN UNPREDICTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN IS FREQUENTLY THE CAUSE OF ACCIDENTS. IN PARTICULAR WITH PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN IT IS NOT CLEAR HOW MUCH THEY UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE DIFFERING ABILITIES OF PEDESTRIANS AND VEHICLES TO STOP. ABOUT 200 CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 4 AND 6 FROM BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS WERE ASKED WHETHER THE VEHICLE OR THEY THEMSELVES (PEDESTRIANS) COULD STOP MORE QUICKLY. THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH THE CHILD TRAVELS IN A CAR AND THE REASON FOR THE ANSWER GIVEN TO THE QUESTION ON STOPPING WERE ALSO DETERMINED. ALL THE DATA HAVE BEEN COLLECTED AND A START HAS BEEN MADE ON EVALUATION.