The work discussed in this report is a part of a longitudinal (before and after) study of the behavioral effects of an abrupt change in the method of allocating priority at metropolitan intersections. The total effort includes both systematic field observation of road behavior and a survey of changes in the drivers' perception of relevant road rules and priorities. This report is a summary of the separate and more detailed findings and analyses contained in the papers identified with asterisks in the list of references. The general import of the work is that from a human factors point of view the intersection control program (Metcon in the Melbourne area) is a sound procedure that reduces uncertainty in driver's expectaation of what other drivers will do when conflicts occur. It thus has positive implications for safety in so far as such inferences can be drawn directly from driver behavior. There are some problems deriving principally from incomplete or inconsistent application of the system rather than driver response. These problems are identified and discussed in the report. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Monash University

    Human Factor Groups, Wellington Road
    Clayton, Victoria 3168,   Australia 
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152382
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report No HFR-5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM