Cultural Differences-Induced Mistakes in Driving Behaviour: An Opportunity to Improve Traffic Policy and Infrastructure
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Driving a vehicle is a complex task influenced by many factors, including cultural differences. When a driver with a certain cultural background drives in a foreign environment, their natural reaction to traffic situations might be unsuitable, so they can make a mistake in the comprehension of a traffic situation or in their reaction. In this chapter, we review theories of cultural differences, differences in driving behaviours in various cultures, and examples of driving mistakes induced by foreign cultural backgrounds. People in different countries are used to driving with a different level of aggressiveness, traffic signs that are positioned in different ways, and some specific-to-their-country traffic signs. These mistakes might inspire governments to change policies regarding traffic rules and improve infrastructure so that foreign drivers more easily adapt to the new environment. Such changes might include making traffic signs easier to comprehend, the usage of special traffic signs for foreigners, and governmental campaigns to educate foreign drivers.
KeywordsMistakes Errors Failure Driving behaviour Driving mistakes Traffic infrastructure Traffic signs Cultural differences
This chapter was produced with the financial support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports within National Sustainability Programme I, a project of the Transport R&D Centre (LO1610), on a research infrastructure acquired from the Operation Programme Research and Development for Innovations (CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0064).
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