Sunday, February 27, 2005

Dangers of life in the slow lane

"Stuck behind a dawdler on a Sunday afternoon? Don't blame the greying hair behind the wheel. It may be the undersized road signs and poorly lit streets slowing the driver down."

"Slow driving, though widely once believed to be the safest form of driving, is, however, not without risk," says the team's study, published in the journal Ergonomics.

The slowest drivers were the elderly, the study finding that people over 55 drove on average almost seven kilometres under the speed limit. The under 30s were clocked on average at three kilometres under the limit.

"Large-scale media campaigns exhorting drivers to speed up is not an option that should be considered," the study says.

Instead, it suggests, governments may need to redesign roads, make traffic signs larger, improve street lighting and toughen laws on slow driving on freeways

Slow Driver - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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