Can infrastructure improvements mitigate unsafe traffic safety culture: A driving simulator study exploring cross cultural differences

CHINEBULI UZONDU*, Samantha Jamson, Daryl Hibberd

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a cross-cultural study to investigate the influence of traffic safety culture and infrastructure improvements on driver behaviour. To achieve this, the driving style of UK drivers was compared with that of Nigerians with and without experience of driving in the UK. A driving simulator experiment compared the actual driving style of these three groups of drivers in different safety critical scenarios. The simulated road environment varied depending on how much infrastructure was provided (low or high infrastructure). In addition, the Driver Behaviour Questionnaire was used to collect self-reported data on violations, errors and lapses. It was hypothesised that Nigerian drivers with no experience of driving in a UK road system would report and engage in more unsafe driving behaviour compared to the other two groups, and that increasing infrastructure would have little positive benefit. Overall, the results supported these hypotheses, indicating that the behaviours of drivers are interpretable in relation to their traffic safety culture, compared to changes in their driving environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-221
Number of pages17
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume73
Early online date15 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Driver behaviour
  • Driving simulator
  • Infrastructure improvement
  • Nigeria
  • Road environment
  • Traffic safety culture

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