USING CONCEPTS OF DRIVER EXPECTANCY, POSITIVE GUIDANCE AND CONSISTENCY FOR IMPROVED OPERATION AND SAFETY

Kansas State University has had a Traffic Assistance Services for Kansas (TASK) for several years to develop and present training materials to local government personnel with the objective of improving safety. The authors have promoted the concepts of positive expectancy and positive guidance in all of their materials. For example, these concepts are the foundations of the Kansas Low Volume Roads (LVR) Handbook. As a companion to the handbook, Commentary Driving was developed as a tool for evaluating LVR situations where roadway conditions and/or signing "surprised the driver", i.e., violated the drivers' expectancy. These are potentially high risk locations. Commentary Driving is a technique where a driver drives a route while he/she makes a running commentary of his expectations and particularly his/her expectancy of the road ahead and his/her driving requirements to drive safely. Kansas State University (KSU) developed a number of manuals and course materials over the years to teach the technique. The training progressed from subjects driving vans over specified routes to having subjects view videos. The final step was to develop a commercial production of a self taught interactive video/workbook. With this media it is possible to teach and promote the technique worldwide. The paper discusses the importance of the technique to improved safety on LVR and its potential for a low-cost, valuable tool around which a local unit of government could build a local safety management system (SMS).

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 155-158
  • Monograph Title: CROSSROADS 2000 PROCEEDINGS

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00770487
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 096523102X
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 14 1999 12:00AM