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Proceedings of the Eighth International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design
Teenage passengers increase teenage driving risk, but this may be conditional on events and emotions immediately preceding driving. An experimental simulation study evaluated the effect of pre-drive arousal on risky driving in the presence of a confederate teenage passenger. In a two-by-two between-subjects design, participants were randomized to high or low pre-drive arousal and passenger present or not present conditions. Prior to the drive participants played the Nintendo Wii video game, Rock BandTM. In the high-arousal condition participants stood while playing high-energy Beatles songs; in the low arousal condition participants sat while playing low-energy Beatles songs. The manipulation produced differences in arousal by group. Group differences in risky driving were in the expected direction, but were not statistically significant at p = .05 on any of the three outcome measures, which included Failed to Stop (failing to stop at signalized intersections in the dilemma zone), Percent Time in Red (in intersections), and Pass Slow Vehicle (electing to pass a slow vehicle).
Originally published in the Proceedings of the Eighth International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design © 2015 Public Policy Center, Iowa University. Reproduced with permission.
Simons-Morton, B. G., Bingham, C. R., Li, K., Slope, J., Pradhan, A. K., Falk, E. B., & Albert, P. S. (2015). Experimental Effects of Pre-Drive Arousal on Teenage Simulated Driving Performance in the Presence of a Teenage Passenger. Proceedings of the Eighth International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, 162-168. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/asc_papers/553
Date Posted: 15 June 2018