Impact assessment of professional drivers’ speed compliance and speed adaptation with posted speed limits in different driving environments and driving conditions


This study analyzed the impact of driving environments (real-world and simulated world) and driving conditions (no time pressure and time pressure) on speed compliance and speed adaptation. Professional car drivers were recruited, and the data was collected in real-world and simulated world under no time pressure and time pressure driving conditions. The comparison results using Wilcoxon-signed rank test showed that speed compliance and speed adaptation were not consistently significant and were not in the same direction highlighting the influence of various factors like road features and driver characteristics. The generalized linear mixed model results showed that speed compliance was relatively better in simulated world (by 3.98 kmph) than real-world. Further, speed adaptation under time pressure was about 5.86 kmph lower during real-world as compared to simulated world. The findings from this study can provide new insights on road safety strategies and policy implications for limiting speeding-related crash risks.

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Transportation Letters