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Third-party-funded project

Influence of road side vegetation on driver behavior and traffic safety on rural roads

Project management at the University of Würzburg:

Participating scientists:

Road side vegetation can have positive and negative influences on driver behavior and traffic safety. Positive influences result from improved optical guidance of the driver; negative effects are especially visible in run-off-the-road accidents, where presence/absence of road side obstacles like trees can mean death or life for the driver involved in the accident. In order to examine positive effects of road side vegetation on driver behavior a pilot study was performed in the simulator, where selected classes of vegetation were paired with different road segments modelled after a real road near Dresden, Germany. Measurements of driver behavior and car performance in the simulator were compared to data from traffic on the respective road segments in reality. Result of the project is a validated experimental setup for systematic analysis of influences of road side vegetation and design on traffic behavior.

Key words:
    road side vegetation
    road design
    traffic safety
    driver behavior

Projekt period: from 02.2003 to 10.2004

Funding institution:
Bund ,Granting date: 11.06.2003


Chair of Psychology III (Methods and Traffic Psychology)