EFFECT OF MODERATE LEVELS OF ALCOHOL AND DIAZEPAM ON CLOSED-COURSE DRIVING PERFORMANCE

Eight male subjects participated in a closed-course driving experiment to determine the effects of moderate levels of diazepam and alcohol on driving behaviour in four separate tasks. Subjects were tested on three separate occasions spaced over a six-week period. On one occasion, the subject-driver received a 10 mg dose of diazepam before driving, on another occasion the driver's blood alcohol level was raised to about 100 mg%, and on a third occasion no drugs were administered. Data were collected on eight objective measures of driving performance using an on-board computer-based instrumentation system. Results indicated that output control responses were adversely affected by both drugs. The application of multivariate analyses to the development of an on-line system to monitor driving performance is discussed. (TRRL)

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    • Paper presented at the 7th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association held in Warsaw, 27-31 August 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Taylor & Francis

    4 Park Square, Milton Park
    Abingdon,   United Kingdom  OX14 4RN
  • Authors:
    • ATTWOOD, D A
  • Publication Date: 1979-6

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  • Accession Number: 00308885
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM