Can Minor Changes in the Environment Lower Accident Risk at Level Crossings? Results from a Driving Simulator-Based Paradigm

The aim of this study was to develop and validate the feasibility of cognitive tools designed to cause drivers to slow down and be more careful at level crossings. Based on psychological research, better practice of international train companies, and professional experience in Israel, a list of interventions was prepared. The effectiveness of these interventions was tested in a driving simulator study with n = 483 participants. Results show significant and important reductions in driving speed for many of the interventions. Differences between professional and nonprofessional drivers are reported together with differences between Arab and Jewish drivers. Implications and recommendations are formulated for changes in train crossings and extensive use of the experimental paradigms in other safety discussions.


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  • Accession Number: 01493521
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2013 4:26PM