Category Archives: Human Behaviour and Attitudes

Active Driving Style Reduces Risk of ATV Rollover

According to earlier research, rollovers are a type of accident that often has severe consequences for ATV drivers. A recently published VTI study demonstrates that an active driving style is needed to drive an ATV safely, but that the requisite training is currently lacking. Researchers at...

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Motorcycle Safety – Updated Knowledge

Motorcycle
Among the most important risk factors for motorcyclists are high speed and young riders, while drunk riding is not a common problem. A new report contains updated versions of five chapters of the Handbook of Road Safety Measures about motorcycle safety. Literature studies were conducted with...

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15 Types of Countermeasures for use in Fatigue Risk Management

Person in bed shutting alarm clock off.
Increased safety in land- and sea-based transport can be achieved if more employers manage the risks related to operator fatigue. An effective way to do this is to select and apply a number of countermeasures to manage fatigue along a risk trajectory, beginning with the nature and timing of work...

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Simulated Pedestrian Traffic Key Piece of the Puzzle for Sustainable Trips

Society’s interest in planning for pedestrian traffic is growing. Planners are increasingly concerned with ensuring that the interaction between different types of transportation, such as public transport, walking, and cycling, operates as flexibly as possible to increase the proportion of...

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Yielding Rates Increase at Crosswalks with “SeeMe”

A crosswalk sign at dusk.
A recent study shows that the pedestrian crosswalk warning system "SeeMe" increases the yielding rate on average by 14 per cent. "SeeMe" is a warning system with automatic pedestrian detection that is mounted on crosswalk signs. Amber flashing lights are activated when pedestrians are...

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Ecodriver: a Major EU Fuel-efficient Driving Project Completed

VTI researcher Johan Olstam
For four years, researchers at the Swedish National Road and Transport Institute (VTI) have been working on Ecodriver, a wide-ranging project under the auspices of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme involving twelve partners in eight countries who have jointly assessed innovative systems for...

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Fatigue a Problem in the Transport Sector

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29 per cent of a sample of Norwegian transport operators report at least one episode of sleeping or nodding off while operating in the course of a three-month period. Based on retrospective ratings of the most recent operating period, alertness is found to decrease rapidly towards the final hour of...

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Money and Shame Lead Drunk Drivers to Refuse Alcohol Interlock System

Person holding car key standing next to car.
Losing one’s driving licence is an annoyance, and convicted drunk drivers report that it negatively affects their health, work life, and family life. Even so, two-thirds refuse the option of applying for a licence that is conditional on using an alcohol interlock during the probationary period....

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“Time to Get a Divorce from the Car”

Mobile phone connected to transport modes.
Currently, many in Sweden are getting their driving licences later in life and interest in car ownership is waning. Mobility services that combine multiple types of transport to make daily trips could consequently expand in scope. Presenters at Transportforum shared their visions and...

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The Handbook of Road Safety Measures – Now in Portuguese

Michael W.J. Sørensen with the newly presented handbook translated to Portuguese
The newest edition of the “Handbook of Road Safety Measures” has been published in Portuguese and was released during the “Second Global High Level Conference on Road Safety” in Brazil on November 17, 2015. The Institute of Transport Economics in Norway has written the Handbook of...

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