Driver response to unexpected road events
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Unexpected road events are one of major causes of traffic accidents. The present study is aimed at evaluating high risk driving behavior in a sample of young and Middle-age drivers. Using a driving simulator, fifteen driving scenarios were designed to test participant responses. Twelve drivers (six in the age group 18–28 years (young) and six in the age group 37–57 years (middle-age)), were recruited to participate in the study. Results indicated that experience, not age, is the key factor which determines driving performance. Also, a few driving scenarios are identified as more risk prone as compared to the others. Further, the responses to the driving behavior questionnaire can help us understand the behavior of the identified sub groups of drivers, and planning interventions to promote safe driving.