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Simulator-based driving training : the effect of speed-episodes on acquiring driving skills

Voskes, M. (2021) Simulator-based driving training : the effect of speed-episodes on acquiring driving skills.

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Abstract:This study examined the potentials of simulator-based driving training, with a specific focus on the use of speed-episodes and differences between driver experience. It was expected that participants performing the speed-episode would drive more accurate in the end, and that experienced drivers would perform better. Participants were divided in two groups, accuracy training or speed training, and all had to complete three blocks of 12 trials. The focus in the first and last block was on driving accurately. The focus in the second block differed between the groups: the accuracy training group executed the same task, but the speed training group performed a speed-episode in which they had to speed up without focussing on driving accurately. Results showed a significant within-difference between block 1 and 3 on time on task and number of lane departures. No significant main and interaction effects were found between training methods and driver experience. So, it can be concluded that driving skills can be trained within a simulator, making it a potential training method for driving training. However, with the results of this study, it cannot be said that speed training is superior to accuracy training, or that experienced drivers perform better than inexperienced drivers.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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