Driving Behaviour in Unexpected Situations

T.W. Schaap

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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Do car drivers change their driving style after compensating for safetycritical events? What are the effects of mental workload? And how do drivers prioritize their driving (sub)tasks? This thesis aims to answer these questions by describing two large driving simulator experiments. The results show that drivers temporarily change their driving style after a safety-critical event; the duration of this change is affected by mental workload level. Drivers with increased mental workload drive less cautiously and respond only to highly safety-critical events, but they do prioritize safe driving when this workload gets too high.
Original languageUndefined
  • van Arem, Bart, Supervisor
  • Brookhuis, Robert Anton, Advisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date2 Feb 2012
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-5584-153-0
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2012


  • METIS-296495
  • EWI-22471

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