PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRAFFIC FLOW THEORY

The four related papers in this report explore the relationships of driver psychology to traffic flow. The paper on "The Driver in Single Lane Traffic" describes the speed patterns of 20 driver who were unobstrusively observed on a single lane road. The drivers were impeded by a "plant" car which moved at a constant speed on the road. The paper "Driver Interactions and Delays in Freeway Traffic" describes the actions of 166 drivers who were impeded by the plant car on the freeway. The paper on "Driver Characteristics and Traffic System Design" discusses driver motivation, expectancy and anticipation. These psychological states affect the driver's behavior in traffic. Driver expectancy should be considered in highway geometric design. The final paper in the series, "Driver Characteristics and Traffic Flow Theory" presents the implications of the previous studies and related researches for traffic flow theory. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Traffic Systems Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Gordon, D A
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 103 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00130707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-74- 53 Final Rpt., FCP 21C4-762
  • Contract Numbers: 21C4-762
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM