In 1979, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported on the results of its first human factors study of drivers' understanding of certain traffic control situations with which they are confronted on the highways. In 1980 a second study was conducted which repeated three situations presented in the first test (for comparison purposes) and included 16 additional traffic control situations. The drivers were presented with these 19 specific traffic control situations in the form of a movie, that placed the viewer in the driver's seat of a car. The research program included a 15-minute movie, an answer sheet, and special marker pens with an ink that revealed immediately to the driver whether or not he had chosen the correct answer. Over 1700 licensed drivers from the United States and Canada participated. Once returned, the tests were separated by geographical region and further broken down into age and sex categories for analysis. The Chi Square statistic was used to determine the significance of the results. This report contains a brief summary of the results obtained, followed by a detailed analysis for each traffic control situation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

    8111 Gatehouse Road
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22047
  • Authors:
    • Hulbert, S
    • Fowler, P
  • Publication Date: 1980-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331068
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM