A Simulator-Based Evaluation of Two Hazard Anticipation Training Programs for Novice Drivers

Newly licensed young drivers are involved in motor vehicle crashes at higher rates than drivers of any other age, and die in crashes at higher rates than all but the very oldest drivers. Previous research has attributed the high risk of this vulnerable population of road users in part to their immaturity but mainly to their lack of driving experience. In particular, studies have shown that inexperienced young drivers are less likely to notice latent hazards, scenarios in which there is not yet any visible threat but from which a threat could potentially emerge, in the driving environment. It has been hypothesized that young novice drivers’ crash risk could be reduced if their hazard anticipation skills could be improved through instruction or training. In an attempt to identify new ways to reduce the risks faced by young novice drivers, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety previously sponsored the development of two prototype computer-based self-administered training programs that sought to improve novice drivers’ ability to detect and respond to hazards on the road. The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of these training programs on the attentional allocation and driving performance of young novice drivers by examining how they responded to potential hazards in a driving simulator before and after training relative to an untrained control group.


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 96p

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  • Accession Number: 01762476
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 5 2021 10:04AM