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Driver headway: how close is too close on a motorway?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17558664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Driver headway has recently become an important question with much attention being given to unsafe headway or 'tailgating'. This paper reviews a series of recent studies undertaken at the University of Southampton, which have sought to measure and model distance keeping, demonstrating how following distance depends on a wide range of factors, some of which are only recently being explored. These include variations in following distance for any particular driver and the relationship with time to collision, variations in following distances of drivers of differing nationalities and the ability of the driver to 'read the road ahead', which may be affected by interaction with different vehicle types. It is demonstrated that providing clear unequivocal statements regarding car following and safety levels, even after such studies, is still far from straightforward.
Authors:
M Brackstone; M McDonald
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0014-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-11     Completed Date:  2007-10-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1183-95     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Affiliation:
Scott Wilson Ltd., Scott House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hants, UK. mark.brackstone@scottwilson.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
Automobile Driving*
Health Behavior*
Humans
Risk Factors
Risk-Taking*
Safety*

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