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The effectiveness of an online driving simulation for adolescents without driving experience

Scholten, M. (2016) The effectiveness of an online driving simulation for adolescents without driving experience.

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Abstract:According to most literature gaining driving experience results in a safer driving style and less traffic accidents. With the help of an online driving simulation developed by Green Dino, students are able to practice driving on their own computer. However, the effectiveness of this online driving simulation was still unclear. An experiment with 42 participants between 15 and 25 without driving experience was conducted to examine if the online driving simulation could improve driving skills. Participants performed a driving test on a mid-level driving simulator as a pre- and posttest and in between they followed either the online simulation or an online game as a control condition for 35 minutes. Results showed that the increase in overall driving skills did not significantly differ between the two groups. From all 10 measurements only ‘fluent braking’ showed a large effect. Furthermore, the driving skills that could potentially be influenced by the online simulation are the short-range process of smooth steering, the starting point of braking and adjusting the speed when approaching an intersection. Adjustments to the study are needed to confirm whether the online simulation is ineffective or that it requires more practice hours to improve perceptual motor skills.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Green Dino, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology, 77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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