Driver Training and Driving Performance
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Inertial forces experienced during driving can perturb a driver’s posture, which may in turn diminish a driver’s perceptual sensitivity and corresponding control actions. The general purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a specific driver-training program taught by Holden Performance Driving Centre (Norwell, Queensland) on driver skill and driving performance as revealed by vehicle motion and postural stability during a range of common driving manoeuvres; emergency braking, cornering, and evasive lane change and return. Three driving experiments were conducted on a closed-circuit track, from which vehicle and driver kinematic data was collected using a variety of instruments. After an initial test-sessions, trainee drivers participated in a driver-training program based upon the development of perceptual-motor skills through enhanced driver’s postural stability as well as instruction in vehicle control strategies that were not primarily reliant upon safety technology, such as an antilock brake system (ABS). A second test-session followed training. For all three experiments, statistical analyses were conducted between cohorts of trainee and control drivers’ first and second test-sessions. For the turning manoeuvres, data from a cohort of driver-training instructors was analysed against the post-test sessions from trainee and control drivers.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
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Holden Performance Driving Centre