EFFECTS OF NOXIOUS GASES ON DRIVER PERFORMANCE

The nighttime driving performance of five healthy young drivers and five healthy aged drivers under the influence of CO (12% carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) level) was investigated. The young subjects were significantly affected in their visual serach and control behavior, and in their physiological measures in terms of mean heart rate due to COHb effects. The visual search behavior of the aged subjects was affected differentially compared to the young at elevated COHb levels. Significant differences between subjects were age related but the combined age-COHb effects were rarely additive. The report also presents the results from 1) driving tests, 2) field sampling surveys to determine COHb levels of drivers and 3) sample NOx levels levels inside automobiles.

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    • The research was carried out with the cooperation of the Department of Preventive Medicine.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ohio State University, Columbus

    Department of Industrial and System Engineering
    Columbus, OH  USA  43210
  • Authors:
    • Rockwell, T H
    • Wick Jr, R L
    • Balasubramanian, K N
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 172 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080397
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS-801 235 Tech Rept.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-115-3-772
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1975 12:00AM