Understanding inappropriate high speed: a qualitative analysis
- Published: Department for Transport, Road Safety Research Report No. 94, 2008
- Authors: R. Fuller, B. Hannigan, H. Bates, M. Gormley, S. Stradling, P. Broughton, N. Kinnear, C. O’Dolan
- Date Added: 07 Mar 2014
- Last Update: 07 Mar 2014
To explore driver experiences and perceptions regarding speed choice and to identify the extent to which the concept of the Task-Capability Interface reported in Road Safety Research Report No. 92 applies. To help inform media campaigns.
Four focus groups involving professional drivers, participants on a speed awareness course and riders of motorcycles (36 participants in total). Survey of 1,005 drivers (928 were current drivers).
Participants were aware that high speeds reduced the time available to deal with contingencies.
Non compliance with speed limits was generally regarded as potentially dangerous but not in all conditions.
Speed was related to mood state (frustration, annoyance), circumstances (wanting to get home) and social norms (perceptions of the norms of speeding, aggressive driving being acceptable).
There was a perception that minor levels of infringement were acceptable.· There was no striking difference between the different groups of participants.
Speed, driver behaviour, driver attitudes.