Most young people become involved in driver training at some point in their lives. This blog gives information about various aspects of driving simulators, driver safety, accident risk and traffic psychology. Some of this may also be found on this driver safety blog.
Also read this driving simulators and driver training blog.
Information in Dutch, rijsimulator can be found here.
In a driving test (also known as a driving exam) a person’s ability to drive a motor vehicle is tested. It is required to pass the test in order to obtain a driver’s licence. Usually, a...Read more ?
There are hugh differences in quality of driving schools. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly which factors determine whether a driving school is good or bad. There has been a lot research into factors...Read more ?
Car driving simulators are used for various purposes. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about driving simulators is driver training. Most simulators are used for initial driver training in driving schools....Read more ?
Research driving simulators are used by research institutes, universities and car manufacturers. The typical advantages of using research simulators over real cars in the real world are: Control over the environment and experimental conditions....Read more ?
Drinking while driving (DUI) is still one of the main factors in accident causation. For an overview of drunk driving statistics in the US, click here. This is especially the case with young (male)...Read more ?
Distracted driving is, next to DUI (driving under the influence), one of the main causes of car driving accidents. Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in other activities—such as looking after children, texting, talking on...Read more ?
Driving phobia or excessive fear of driving refers to people who are so afraid to drive a car, that they avoid to drive a car. These people have obtained their drivers licence at some...Read more ?
Car driving simulators are particularly known for their use in driver training, police training, and also for their application in DUI simulation and demonstrating the effects of driver distraction. However, a driving simulator can...Read more ?
A relatively new method to treat phobias is by means of virtual reality techniques. A number of research studies have demonstrated the positive effects of VR in the treatment of several types of phobia,...Read more ?
Drinking while driving (DUI) is still one of the main factors in accident causation. Alcohol is involved in over 25% of all car crashes in the US and a number of European countries. This...Read more ?
There’s abundant scientific evidence for the following: Alcohol affects perceptual-motor skills required for safe driving and has been demonstrated to result in poorer steering control and choice of higher driving speeds Young drivers are...Read more ?
Young drivers, especially males, from 18 to 24 are dramatically more often involved in accidents compared to drivers of other age groups (Evans, 1991). This overinvolvement of young male drivers in the accident statistics...Read more ?
The concept of accident proneness has been in vogue from the 1920s up until the 1960s, and played an important role in theories of driver behaviour. McKenna (1983) presented a conceptual analysis of accident...Read more ?
It is well documented that older drivers have to cope with declining vision and exhibit poorer performance on a wide range of tests of perceptual and motor ability and response speed (see for example...Read more ?
Moskowitz (1985) reviewed a large number of studies on the effects of marijuana on psychological abilities. In reaction time experiments neither the speed of initial detection nor the speed of responding appears to be...Read more ?
The adaptive control models, referred to by Michon (1985), deal primarily with the operational level of car driving behaviour. These models have been inspired by the principle of adaptive control in which the human...Read more ?
In a VR system, a computer generated world is displayed by means of a helmet mounted display (HMD). A headtracker measures the position of the head and the direction the subject is looking at....Read more ?
In a research driving simulator the effects of time-on-task were measured on variables that measure drowsiness, driving performance and steering behaviour. It was found that the fraction of time during which the eyes are...Read more ?