Hartley, J (2016) Look: No hands! Driving on the motorway. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 42 (3). pp. 558-561. ISSN 1873-5517

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How drivers hold their steering wheels when they are driving has been studied in restricted ways for many years. Here I describe the advantages (and disadvantages) of a more naturalistic way of studying this phenomenon, and present the results from two studies that observed the hand positions of motorway drivers from an elevated vehicle. In the first study I tape-recorded the data as we passed traffic on the left, and in the second I used paper and pencil to record the data as traffic passed us on the right. In both studies few drivers kept to the recommended 10-2 (or more generous 9-3) position for holding the steering wheel, and approximately one-third of them were driving with one hand on the wheel. Very few of the drivers observed (some 2%) were using mobile phones, but two were driving with no hands on the wheel. The paper concludes with some discussion of the value of this methodology for obtaining realistic data.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Elsevier at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2016.09.026 Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: motorway driving; hand position; mobile phones; steering wheel design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 08:23
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2018 08:46
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2290

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