THE STOP SIGN IS FOR THE OTHER GUY: A NATURALISTIC OBSERVATION OF DRIVING BEHAVIOR OF NIGERIANS

Effects of two types of stop signs on driving behaviors of private car and commercial vehicle drivers were examined. The subjects were 1,211 male and female Nigerians whose driving bahaviors were observed as they drove through a complex T junction. Trained observers recorded how far each driver conformed with the demands of standard traffic regulations. The results showed that (a) private car drivers conformed more to traffic regulations than did drivers of commercial vehicles, and (b) drivers who obey stop signs tended to make turn signals. Installation of more traffic signs on Nigerian roads and the education of the drivers (especially the commerical vehicle drivers) as to the specific demands of such traffic signs are advocated.

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    American Psychological Association

    750 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC  USA  20002-4242
  • Authors:
    • Ugwuegbu, D C
  • Publication Date: 1977-10

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 574-577
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: 8RO1 UI 00695
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM