Reports Outline Risk Management Study Results from Leuphana University (Emotional states of drivers and the impact on speed, acceleration and traffic violations-A simulator study)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Data detailed on Risk Management have been presented. According to news reporting out of Luneburg, Germany, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Maladjusted driving, such as aggressive driving and delayed reactions, is seen as one cause of traffic accidents. Such behavioural patterns could be influenced by strong emotions in the driver."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Leuphana University, "The causes of emotions in traffic are divided into two distinct classes: personal factors and properties of the specific driving situation. In traffic situations, various appraisal factors are responsible for the nature and intensity of experienced emotions. These include whether another driver was accountable, whether goals were blocked and whether progress and safety were affected. In a simulator study, seventy-nine participants took part in four traffic situations which each elicited a different emotion. Each situation had critical elements (e.g. slow car, obstacle on the street) based on combinations of the appraisal factors. Driving parameters such as velocity, acceleration, and speeding, together with the experienced emotions, were recorded. Results indicate that anger leads to stronger acceleration and higher speeds even for 2 km beyond the emotion-eliciting event. Anxiety and contempt yielded similar but weaker effects, yet showed the same negative and dangerous driving pattern as anger."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Fright correlated with stronger braking momentum and lower speeds directly after the critical event."
For more information on this research see: Emotional states of drivers and the impact on speed, acceleration and traffic violations-A simulator study. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;70():282-292. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Roidl, Leuphana Univ Lueneburg, Inst Expt Ind Psychol, D-21335 Luneburg, Germany. Additional authors for this research include B. Frehse and R. Hoger.
Keywords for this news article include: Luneburg, Germany, Europe, Risk Management
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