The accident risk depends upon the divergence between the preceived risk and the risk proper. The level of the risk perceived depends among other things upon the manner in which the road users react to the stimulus of the road environment. In order to bring the perceived risk as near as possible to the objective risk, these stimuli must be transmitted to the road users at the right moment in a situation of movement; they must be perceptible and comprehensible to a large extent. Here colour can play an important part. It is a fact that affective reactions are quicker than intelligent reactions. On the other hand, it has been proved that certain colours increase the visibility of objects being part of the road environment and thus allow for a quicker and more efficient reaction. The study examines the possible influence of a well-advised choice of the colours of road signals, ground markings, vehicles and the garments of pedestrians. The author concludes that a well-advised choice of the colours can ease the task of the drivers and that it can consequently contribute to a greater road safety.

  • Authors:
    • Pote, R J
  • Publication Date: 1974-6


  • Dutch

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  • Accession Number: 00127414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM