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Fear paralyzes drivers, a new study shows

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Can the knowledge of strict monitoring of speed limits itself become a danger in road traffic? A study now suggests that fearless people are safer drivers.

F.Now it’s going to be international: MartijnFSnl, an attentive reader from the Netherlands who, as I suspect, speaks at least three languages ​​and deserves our recognition for that alone, referred me to a report by the Australian ABC, which in turn refers to a study from the University of Western Australia related. This investigated the connection between strict speed controls and the ability of drivers to concentrate on road traffic.

To do this, the scientists used a driving simulator and 84 participants who were told that they could be penalized if they drove either one, six or eleven kilometers per hour above the speed limit of 50 km / h.

At the same time, their reaction to small red dots that appeared on the edge of their lake field was measured. Some readers are probably familiar with this measurement of peripheral vision from an ophthalmologist, but rather not in combination with a driving simulator.

The results are quite interesting: the test persons who were threatened with a punishment even if the speed limit was exceeded a little, were also the ones who reacted worst to the peripheral stimuli.

The more relaxed, the more concentrated

The clever Australians deduce from this that the mental and visual resources of the test subjects were so used by the special attention to the tiny speed difference that they were no longer available for other stimuli.

In other words: the stricter you had to adhere to the speed limit, the less you could concentrate on your surroundings.

In addition, all test persons had to fill out a questionnaire and state how demanding, i.e. exhausting, they found the task. Here, too, it turned out that the virtual drivers, who had to expect fines even for the smallest deviations, were much more strenuous in the end than the people who approached speed limits in a more casual, Australian way.

Fortunately, the studies are continuing (because we Germans do not have to pay them) and in future they will focus on whether drivers with the strictest speed finger on their necks react less well to obstacles than relaxed pilots.

Focus on what’s important

Nevertheless, I just put it this way, you can already throw a few prawns at the Barbie, open the top button of your shirt and agree to those responsible for the study, if they emphasize that those responsible for traffic policy and fines really do this study should take seriously.

Because, so the conclusion, one cannot ask drivers to pay more attention to strict adherence to the speed limit without at the same time losing attention to other important aspects of driving. Sounds logical and shouldn’t be any different in Germany either. Keep going.

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13 thoughts on “Concentration: Do speed controls damage road safety?”

  1. I would see that if I were a traffic hooligan and no matter how I crashed over it. In fact, after 35 years of uninterrupted driving experience, I had zero points in Flensburg, and only because I couldn’t look forward / down and right / up like a chameleon at the same time. 1 month driving ban. Modern digital measuring technology is of course superior to humans, both in terms of tenths of a second and in terms of multitasking. There is constant lightning at this intersection, especially since it is only clearly visible from the other direction "70"-Sign is up, and at the end a barely visible one "50" – Shield. My small town should be able to rehabilitate its budget on its own with this double flash system. With such a system, Hanover earns 55 million a year.

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  2. This September I drove over a double flash system that I knew well: In multitasking, the time when the stop line was exceeded is measured, of course with an accuracy in the range of tenths of a second, and the speed at the same time. After I approached this well-known traffic light from a great distance, which was constantly on green, I finally adjusted my speed briefly by tapping the brake lightly twice. For this purpose I looked at the speedometer below / in front of me and not at the traffic light that was now on the right / above. The traffic light must have switched in the second. Now I have been banned for a month by slavishly trying not to make any mistakes on this double flash system that I know.

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  3. If I hadn’t adjusted my headrests properly, that would have been it. I ended up on the other side of the intersection. According to the police, it was the other’s fault. The fact is, I could have been dead or whiplash if the headrests were incorrectly adjusted. The accident only happened because I had to make a decision in a split second with the precision of tenths of a second. Because even a tenth of a second too late crossing the stop line you get points in Flensburg. And that, although the yellow phase varies depending on the traffic light. The accident was completely superfluous if it weren’t for this hunt for motorists. But you can of course exacerbate any madness:

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  4. The exaggerated hunt for drivers definitely leads to accidents: I’ve seen it myself: I drove towards a green traffic light, which switched to yellow-red at the last moment. The length of the yellow phase varies depending on the traffic light. Nevertheless, the driver has to decide in a split second whether to slow down or drive over it. First I decided to drive over it, then got scared and made an emergency stop and came to a stop just before the stop line. At that moment I felt what seemed to be a slap in the neck of my hand: The driver behind me hadn’t seen my braking and was blazing into the rear at at least 50 km / h. With my light Polo from that time, I was shot over the intersection by the heavy 7-series BMW. It must have looked like billiards.

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  5. Since the speed camera density has also increased significantly in RLP, I’ve been trying meticulously to pay attention to the speed. Since then I (as a scooter driver, 20 HP) have been getting really scared because the traffic behind me is getting closer and closer. In the summer it was 1/2 that bad, so I can accelerate away in an emergency. In winter, on wet roads and with leaves, that’s right !! scary! Please dear drivers, I need my safety distance, in front of and behind me. Even in a 30 zone. And no, I can’t go faster than the signs say.
    That one is very often too concentrated on the speedometer, especially in known ones "Danger zones", have since found out. But the state enforces it that way.

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  6. You can go faster than the signs say. If you do not drive more than 19 km / h faster than the respective speed limit, you will not receive any points in Flensburg. Still, I understand you, I am also annoyed by the pushers, although for my part I agree with this "Express surcharge" ride. And then there are still some who fear neither death nor the devil, and neither does Flensburg.

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  7. My talking – if you have to scan the roadside for speed cameras and then keep an eye on the speedometer, you can’t really concentrate on what’s happening on the road…..

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  8. There was once an article about an attempt by the Austrian police to punish exceeding a few kilometers. The number of accidents in the area increased. The reason was simply that people then look less at the road and more at their speedometer. You can’t drive with cruise control everywhere either.

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  9. Well then, the bureaucrats should think about it. That you always have to expect that you will be ambushed to withdraw, a large part of the attention also goes into this area. One has to wonder that not much more happens. But riping off is profitable.

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  10. It is interesting, however, that in restricted areas the majority of motorists only move very slightly below or exactly at the permitted speed. What do you think, where does this fortune come from? It requires attention. In addition, the roadsides are peppered with different signs, not all of which are important, but have to be registered in order to recognize their unimportance, that sometimes I have already become that humans can do it.
    I would be interested to know what would happen if you got rid of all the speed controls and instead offered harsh immediate punishments for those who hurt someone or worse because they were too fast. Then it would probably be as relaxed as in Italy. That’s where I prefer to drive.

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  11. So if you stick to the rules, you can no longer concentrate properly on the traffic? As a result, of course, the controls have to be abolished. What would the consequence be? Even fewer than now will comply with the regulations. I can’t imagine that fewer accidents will happen then.
    Those who are unable to adhere to a speed limit and still pay attention to the traffic are simply not suitable for driving and should hand in their driver’s license immediately.

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  12. I do not interpret the cited study as a plea for the abolition of speed limits, but for a greater range of tolerance. Incidentally, in Germany it is 3 km / h (up to 100 km / h) or 3% (above), so it is closest to the strictest group in the test.

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