Driver Risk Awareness

Roads explain themselves to drivers in various ways. Sometimes however what they 'explain' is misleading so that drivers mistake the level of risk and drive accordingly. This programme is intended to examine the differences between objective and perceived risk and ways of reducing those differences.


Expert steering group

  • Associate Professor Samuel G Charlton - Waikato University
  • Mr Fergus Tate - New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Mr Colin Brodie - New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Dr Jared Thomas - Opus Central Laboratories
  • Simon Douglas - AA Research Foundation

Stage one - Literature review

A Literature Review by Dr Charlton examined past research and potential research directions.

Stage two - Driver risk awareness project

Waikato University Traffic and Road Safety Research Group and Beca have been commissioned independently to carry out seperate studies of driver risk awareness. The premise of this research is that drivers' risk assessment is flawed. Drivers' perceptions of risk do not match the actual risk as identified by the KiwiRAP (New Zealand road assessment programme). The research is an effort to understand which road risks New Zealand drivers do perceive and which risks they do not appear to notice.

The project was completed in November 2013. The reports will be available here shortly.

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