Crash Tests
Main AuthorBettina Schützhofer
Co-AuthorsRainer Banse
Type of Mediapdf-document
Publication Typelecture
Publication Year2019
Publisher28 EVU Conference, Barcelona

Comprehensive (trained) traffic perception is an essential precondition for safe traffic participation and accident avoidance. In addition to physiological and psychological preconditions for perception, traffic psychological models for traffic perception and accident avoidance are introduced. In a next step their implications for accident reconstruction and infrastructure design are discussed. Using the example of the hazard perception test GECO the average development of hazard perception and the coping with potential hazards over the lifespan can be shown. The presented results are based on three studies with more than 1000 participants. Hazard perception and especially the immediate hazard reaction are strongly related to the performance level of e.g. perception speed and traffic experience. There is a strong increase in competence from childhood to young adulthood, but also a steady loss of competence from young adulthood to old age that is independent of driving experience. What does this mean for the experts in accident reconstruction? When do we reach the limits of our perception capacities and why?

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