Behaviour

Information related to driver behaviour.

RESEARCH - Distracted Drivers in School Zones

Safe Kids USA logoSafe Kids USA has released a report that explores the extent to which drivers are engaging in other activities while traveling through school zones. It is very likely that the observations made in this report are representative of distracted driving behaviours that occur in BC school zones as well.

READING - Evaluation of Retroreflective Material on Stop Sign Posts

VTRC LogoThe Virginia Transportation Research Council looked at the addition of reflective stripes to the posts holding up stops signs and then studied driver behaviour. They found that the signs were easier to see in the daylight if the post did not have the stripe installed. The opposite was true at night.

Parallel Parking and the Impatient Driver

Parallel ParkingI've noticed recently that often drivers are impatient of people parallel parking and pass them on the left rather than waiting in the right hand lane for the driver to finish parking before moving forward. In the event of a collision who is at fault - the person parallel parking or the person trying to go around the parallel parking car?

RESEARCH - Parents (and Other Adults) as Teachers of Traffic Safety

Pedestrians Hold HandsHow did you influence your children to be safe road users? This research report by the British Department for Transport looks at how parents and other adults influence youth between birth and 16 years of age. While these adults see themselves as being responsible, the most common pedestrian tactic is to hold the child's hand.

If You Can't See, You Can't Go!

Dangerous Intersection SignA reader writes to me describing an intersection where collisions occur regularly, some resulting in fatalities. He has observed that the opposing left turn lanes in one direction don't line up directly across from each other but are offset by a few feet.

Are You a Courteous Driver?

Angel'Tis the season of peace on earth and goodwill toward man, that is until you hit the highway. Here it seems to range anywhere from "I get mine first" to "Oh, I didn't realize that I could have done that to make it easier for someone else." If one thread runs through many of the column requests I receive it is one of courtesy and how no one seems to exercise it very often when they are behind the wheel.

RESEARCH - Effectiveness of Behavioral Highway Safety Countermeasures

NCHRP LogoA significant part of highway safety program activities is devoted to behavioral countermeasures. These include the entire driver control system—from training and licensing to laws and enforcement and sometimes culminating in fines and sanctions.

RESEARCH - How Risky Is It?

This report presents the results of a research project funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The primary aim of the study was to increase the understanding of the relative risks associated with particular driving behaviors.

Watching from the Right Lane

Acceleration LaneI'm sure that you have already determined that if I don't write this column based on reader requests, I write about something that I have seen happen around me in traffic. This column is no different, and it is about a behaviour that struck me when I was using the freeway in Vancouver recently.

How Long do I...?

StopwatchDiscussions with readers over last weeks column raised an interesting point. I usually talk about it in relation to using a signal light, but it applies equally well to many other areas such as following distances or why the speed limit might seem low on what appears to be a straight road.

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