Ergonomics recommendations for traffic sign design based on the comprehension performance of experienced drivers

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSigns and Symbols for Workplace and Public Use
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages11-23
ISBN (Print)9781626184718
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Abstract

This study addressed the comprehension of traffic signs by experienced drivers with consideration of driver factors and cognitive sign features. Based on the comprehension responses on traffic signs in this study, ergonomics recommendations on sign design were deduced. Seventy Hong Kong Chinese experienced drivers participated in the study. The drivers reported their driving habits and demographic information and were then shown 21 Hong Kong traffic signs. For each traffic sign, the drivers gave subjective ratings on the cognitive sign features and completed a set of multiple-choice questions on their understanding of the sign. It was found that even though the participants were experienced drivers, comprehension scores for five of the test signs were below the ISO and ANSI criteria. Comprehension of traffic signs did not change significantly with age and driving experience of experienced drivers. Experienced drivers with university education interpreted the meaning of traffic signs better than those without. Traffic sign comprehension was high for familiar signs and low for unfamiliar signs. But concreteness, simplicity, and meaningfulness were not significantly related to the sign comprehension. The findings of this study would provide designers, ergonomists, government, and related practitioners with a clearer picture on the comprehensibility of traffic signs for experienced drivers, so as to better design traffic signs and road safety campaigns. © 2013 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Cognitive sign features, Driver factors, Ergonomics design, Experienced driver, Sign comprehension

Citation Format(s)

Ergonomics recommendations for traffic sign design based on the comprehension performance of experienced drivers. / Ng, Annie W.Y.; Chan, Alan H.S.

Signs and Symbols for Workplace and Public Use. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013. p. 11-23.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)