Driving

Experienced Drivers Keep Their Eyes on the Road Differently

It can take years for motorists to fully develop the cognitive processes required to navigate safely, including learning to scan a wider swath of the road ahead. More

Driving

  • What explains our preference for human skill and instinct over technologies that have proven themselves better than us at driving, performing surgery, and making hiring decisions? More

    A Cloudy Future: Why We Don’t Trust Algorithms When They’re Almost Always Right

    What explains our preference for human skill and instinct over technologies that have proven themselves better than us at driving, performing surgery, and making hiring decisions? More

  • Since emerging as a fad in the 1980s, “Baby on Board” stickers have persisted as a staple of rear windshields and bumpers on cars and minivans. According to urban legend, the death of an infant in a traffic accident led to the creation of the signs, but in truth they More

    How Child Passengers Can Distract Drivers

    Since emerging as a fad in the 1980s, “Baby on Board” stickers have persisted as a staple of rear windshields and bumpers on cars and minivans. According to urban legend, the death of an infant in a traffic accident led to the creation of the signs, but in truth they More

  • As marijuana restrictions loosen up, behavioral researchers are finding that some drivers believe driving under the influence of cannabis poses fewer risks than driving while drunk. More

    Cannabis Users See Low Risk in Driving High

    As marijuana restrictions loosen up, behavioral researchers are finding that some drivers believe driving under the influence of cannabis poses fewer risks than driving while drunk. More

  • While many motorists may oppose paying a fee to enter the city center now, drivers' perceptions of the policy are likely to improve once it actually goes into effect. More

    Dreading Congestion Pricing? You Might Feel Differently After the Fact

    While many motorists may oppose paying a fee to enter the city center now, drivers' perceptions of the policy are likely to improve once it actually goes into effect. More

  • New findings raise the possibility that men with a specific mix of biology and personality traits may be prone to aggressive driving as well as other fiery behavior. More

    How DNA and Testosterone May Affect Men’s Driving

    New findings raise the possibility that men with a specific mix of biology and personality traits may be prone to aggressive driving as well as other fiery behavior. More

  • The automotive industry needs to educate drivers on how to use the automated features in their cars, researchers say, a lesson the airline industry learned in the 1970s. More

    Empty cockpit of autonomous car

    What Autopilot Training Can Teach Carmakers and Drivers

    The automotive industry needs to educate drivers on how to use the automated features in their cars, researchers say, a lesson the airline industry learned in the 1970s. More

  • No one likes a backseat driver, but motorists may be more amenable to suggestions when support systems take the time to explain recommendations. More

    How Digital Driving Advice Can Help Motorists Go Green

    No one likes a backseat driver, but motorists may be more amenable to suggestions when support systems take the time to explain recommendations. More

  • As a possible explanation, the authors write that males “generally tend to make riskier decisions in order to show how self-confident they are in being the ‘stronger’ sex.” More

    Buckle Your Truck Up: Factors That May Slacken Seat Belt Use

    As a possible explanation, the authors write that males “generally tend to make riskier decisions in order to show how self-confident they are in being the ‘stronger’ sex.” More

  • Scientists are studying whether engaging in interesting tasks in an autonomous car might keep drivers awake and alert, or might distract them from preparing to take control of the vehicle when necessary. More

    How Monotony Promotes Sleepiness in Self-Driving Vehicles

    Scientists are studying whether engaging in interesting tasks in an autonomous car might keep drivers awake and alert, or might distract them from preparing to take control of the vehicle when necessary. More

  • The short period of time after narrowly averting a vehicular accident is a vulnerable one for drivers, especially in city driving. More

    Crash Risks May Spike Immediately After a Near Miss

    The short period of time after narrowly averting a vehicular accident is a vulnerable one for drivers, especially in city driving. More

  • A simulation study suggests that drivers' minds wander more often when they travel on empty roads compared to busy routes. More

    How Boring Roads Lead to Distracted Driving

    A simulation study suggests that drivers' minds wander more often when they travel on empty roads compared to busy routes. More

  • Industry and regulators seem ready to embrace autonomous cars, but consumers still need to be brought on board. More

    Self-Driving Cars Face Psychological Speed Bumps

    Industry and regulators seem ready to embrace autonomous cars, but consumers still need to be brought on board. More

  • A study conducted by the Australian Department of Defence finds that caffeine significantly improved driving performance in sleep-deprived individuals – even after 40 straight hours of wakefulness. More

    Can a Caffeine Buzz Improve Driving Safety?

    A study conducted by the Australian Department of Defence finds that caffeine significantly improved driving performance in sleep-deprived individuals – even after 40 straight hours of wakefulness. More

  • Behavioral scientists collaborated with cities in Australia and the US to find cognitive cues to prompt drivers to pay their parking tickets. More

    Pay Up: The Trick to Getting People to Pay Parking Tickets

    Behavioral scientists collaborated with cities in Australia and the US to find cognitive cues to prompt drivers to pay their parking tickets. More

  • Fast reflexes, a good sense of direction, and a steady hand all seem important for good driving. But decades of research suggest that another skill is key to avoiding accidents. More

    Clear vision of traffice through a pair of glasses

    Learning How to Look Leads to Safer Drivers

    Fast reflexes, a good sense of direction, and a steady hand all seem important for good driving. But decades of research suggest that another skill is key to avoiding accidents. More

  • Whether drivers are accustomed to country roads or city streets, they face an increased risk of fatal accidents when switching from one road type to the other. More

    How Your Hometown Influences Your Driving Risk

    Whether drivers are accustomed to country roads or city streets, they face an increased risk of fatal accidents when switching from one road type to the other. More

  • Hot weather seems to amplify people’s responses to provocation, ultimately increasing rates of aggressive behavior and violence. More

    Does Hot Weather Fuel Road Rage?

    Hot weather seems to amplify people’s responses to provocation, ultimately increasing rates of aggressive behavior and violence. More

  • Frustrated drivers are more likely to lash out aggressively at vehicles they perceive as having a lower social status. More

    Well-dressed male driver angrily yelling at traffic.

    Higher Status People Are Meaner Drivers

    Frustrated drivers are more likely to lash out aggressively at vehicles they perceive as having a lower social status. More

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