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Motorcyclist rear brake simple perception-response times in rear-end collision situations.
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PMID:  21469025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the baseline motorcycle riders' perception-response times (PRTs) in an expected object braking task and to determine the significant difference between PRTs of older and younger riders. Methods: Fifty-nine participants sat on their motorcycles in exactly the same way as they would when riding and then they awaited activation of the taillights of the passenger car (parked) in front of them. PRTs of the motorcyclists were transcribed from the camcorder when the riders hit the brakes as quickly as possible following the activation of the car's brake lights. Results: Results of PRT were calculated by taking the average of both male and female older and younger riders. The study demonstrates that the mean and standard deviation of the motorcycle baseline PRTs are 0.44 and 0.11 s, respectively. Riders' age and gender were not found to be significant variables for PRT. Conclusion: The mean of baseline perception-reaction time of motorcycle riders is smaller than that of passenger car drivers. If traffic facilities are designed based on passenger car drivers' simple perception-reaction times where drivers are generally more alert (for example, in traffic signal design), they can provide the required PRT for motorcyclists. This suggests that the utilization of more powerful brake lights on motorcycles could be highly effective for preventing rear-end motorcycle collisions.
Seyed Rasoul Davoodi; Hussain Hamid; Sulistyo Arintono; Ratnasamy Muniandy; Seyed Farzin Faezi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Traffic injury prevention     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1538-957X     ISO Abbreviation:  Traffic Inj Prev     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101144385     Medline TA:  Traffic Inj Prev     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  174-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
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