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The effect of lighting conditions and use of headlights on drivers’ perception and appraisal of approaching vehicles at junctions

Lee, Yee Mun; Sheppard, Elizabeth

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Yee Mun Lee

Elizabeth Sheppard



Abstract

Use of Daytime Running Lights (DRL) is mandatory in many countries for motorcycles, and in some for cars. However, in developing countries DRLs may be optional or compliance low. The effect of car or motorcycle headlights and lighting conditions on Malaysian drivers’ ability to perceive and judge the safety of pulling out was investigated. Stimuli were photographs depicting either daytime or nighttime taken at a T-junction with approaching vehicles with headlights on or off. Headlights improved drivers’ ability to perceive cars and motorcycles in the nighttime photographs but not the daytime photographs, although this could be due to the bright weather in the photographs. Drivers judged it less safe to pull out when approaching motorcycles had headlights on than off, regardless of the lighting conditions, supporting the utility of DRL for motorcycles. Headlights did not affect judgments for cars, questionning the utility of DRL for cars.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal Ergonomics
Print ISSN 0014-0139
Electronic ISSN 1366-5847
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Lee, Y. M., & Sheppard, E. (2018). The effect of lighting conditions and use of headlights on drivers’ perception and appraisal of approaching vehicles at junctions. Ergonomics, 61(3), doi:10.1080/00140139.2017.1364790
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2017.1364790
Keywords Driving, Headlights, Lighting Conditions, Motorcycle, Perception
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00140139.2017.1364790
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ergonomics on 16 August 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline..../00140139.2017.1364790.

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