PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE ABILITY OF TRAM DRIVERS TO ADAPT TO OTHER TRAMS; MODIFICATION OF REACTIONS WHEN TRAM TYPES ARE CHANGED

VERKEHRSPSYCHOLOGISCHE UNTERSUCHUNG DER UMSTELLFAEHIGKEIT VON STRASSENBAHNWAGENFUEHRERN AENDERUNG DES REAKTIONSVERHALTENS BEIM WECHSEL DER WAGENTYPE

Two different tram-car types are in operation in Graz, and these have to be operated differently. Emergency braking requires quite different actions (use of a handbrake or footbrake). Both types of tram have hitherto been driven by different groups of drivers. For operational reasons it would be desirable to use drivers on both types of tram. The object was to test whether changing of the vehicle type would lead to slower reactions which might endanger safety. Tests were carried out on 20 drivers of each type of tram; they had to carry out emergency braking on receiving an optical signal and reaction times were measured. Each driver had to undertake 3 tests - in his normal tram, in the strange tram and again in his normal tram. There was no significant difference in reaction times of either group. Reaction times for older drivers were longer than for younger drivers, but they were no worse at changing from one tram to another.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Road Safety Board, Austria

    Zweigstelle Steiermark, Neutorgasse 51
    Graz,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • Schuetzenhoefer, A
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM