Simulator Performance Differences Between Experienced and Novice Bus Drivers

In order for improved decision-making in regard to hazards most often associated with bus crashes, a bus simulator was developed to combat the novice bus driver risk problem. It can be argued that it can be a valid tool for road safety improvement through bus driver training if the simulator can discern between experienced and novice bus drivers. The authors studied whether novice and experienced bus driver performance has significant differences. A simulated bus route was driven by twelve experienced drivers who had had their PCV (Public Commercial Vehicle) license for minimally three years and twelve novice drivers with only 2-3 weeks of driver training. Right hand junctions, parallel bus stops, and layby bus stops were three major bus driving hazardous locations encountered after approximately 15 minutes of driving by participants. Braking, steering, position, acceleration, and speed were measured parameters at these locations. The study showed that at parallel and layby bus stops experienced drivers showed more confident behavioral strategies but greater caution. Experienced drivers, at right hand junctions, used the brake significantly more than novice drivers, and drove further away from the curb, and slower. Driving simulator use for novice bus driver training is referenced in discussed results.


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  • Accession Number: 01051983
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 21 2007 5:44PM