A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that drivers often don’t pay attention to signs, even when they’re in the middle of a freeway.
“The majority of our participants were not aware of the rules of the road when they were driving through the Los Angeles area, and that may have a detrimental impact on safety,” said the study’s lead author, UCLA doctoral student Christopher Pritchard.
“We also found that there was no way to tell when a car was overtaking and overtaking someone who was not driving a vehicle, even if the driver was in the center lane.”
“There’s no way that the driver will know what to do when they see a vehicle in the wrong lane,” he said.
In Los Angeles, the state’s most populous city, a study from UCLA’s Center for Transportation Research found that on a typical weekday, motorists were about 5.5 percent more likely to be overtaken by another vehicle in an urban environment than in an open road environment.
“This study suggests that overtaking in Los Angles is very rare, and there’s very little that the city has done to promote awareness and awareness of the signs that are used,” said Pritcher, a member of the UCLA Transportation Research Institute.
The study’s findings will be published in the journal Transportation Research Part A.
The study also found drivers frequently fail to read the red and white traffic lights.
In one study, researchers asked drivers to read a red, white and blue traffic light at different times of the day, and then they found that those who had read the sign had to make more difficult decisions.
The researchers also found there was a correlation between the severity of drivers’ errors and the severity and frequency of errors at a specific intersection.
The new UCLA study, however, found that the sign at a certain intersection was less important than the sign next to it.
“That makes sense, because if you’re going through an intersection and you have a red light, the intersection is more dangerous than if you have another red light,” Pritkind said.
Pritchard and his colleagues are now looking into the intersection signals and whether it could be better.
“In order to actually change behavior, you need to do things,” he explained.
“You need to change the behavior.”