At the request of the information center 'Beter Zien' (Better Vision Information Center) in Amsterdam an exploratory study was executed into the relationship between eyesight of traffic participants and traffic safety, that is, traffic behavior. Persons with vision acuity below average do not appear from the literature to be always more frequently involved in accidents than others. In the small group of people who are often involved in accidents they appear to be strongly over represented. This suggests that there may be certain compensation. Comparison of the visual test and the driving test results seems to support this suggestion: persons with limitations in visual performances make more errors than average in the tasks offering small possibilities for compensation, but less in tasks offering considerable possibilities. Even though the relationship between visual handicaps and accident involvement seems to be weak, it is advisable to improve the visual performance as much as possible. In general, a considerable number of road users appear to have a visual performance below the optimum. Older persons especially have this problem, and experienced road users are also among them. The main problems are vision acuity and depth perception.

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  • Publication Date: 1988


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  • Pagination: 15 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00608330
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-89-46
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM