Hazard perception and younger drivers: the role of cognitive function
Submission Date: 2019
Hazard perception is a complex cognitive process that is consistently linked to crash involvement. While research has focused on older populations for which cognitive declines are associated with poorer hazard perception, this study is the first to investigate the cognitive correlates of hazard perception in younger drivers. Ninety-eight undergraduates completed a hazard perception test and battery of cognitive tests. Cognitive function was positively related to hazard perception accuracy and response times; with inhibitory control, visuo-spatial skills, executive functioning and overall cognitive status important predictors of hazard perception. Future research could lead to training programs aimed at improving hazard perception in younger drivers.