Thursday, September 07, 2006

Joined up thinking better for Drivers

More experience does not result in better driving skills ...

"Britain's 30 million drivers may have many clocked up many years' experience at the wheel between them, but that is no guarantee that they will get better at the actual driving task. In some cases they may actually get measurably worse over time, according to new research this week (Wednesday 6 September) from Brunel University.

Brunel say that drivers coached beyond the L-test are more aware of what is going on around them. This greater awareness is not restricted to just other road users, road conditions, and infrastructure, but the "joining up" of these elements into an overall understanding of their meaning in terms of potential hazards and the appropriate driver response.

Professor Neville Stanton of Brunel's Ergonomics Research Group said: "This was the first scientifically controlled study into the effectiveness of advanced driver coaching by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). We are satisfied that coaching, plus practical on-road assessments and feedback, leads to better drivers. The IAM group were significantly better drivers by the end of the two-year study than either of the control groups, who remained the same or got worse."   (Continued via FemaleFirst)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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