A Miami police officer looks at a driver’s license he requested from a motorist at a DUI checkpoint.
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We have a reliable and easy-to-use test to measure blood alcohol concentration. But right now we don't have a fast, reliable test to gauge whether someone is too doped up to drive.
Will the reality match the hype that’s promised from a future with driverless cars?
Driverless cars are the future, right? Wait. While things would be simple if our roads were 100% driverless, getting there is anything but. And planning for roads shared by robots and humans is hard.
Don’t believe the stereotype - not all elderly drivers are bad drivers.
Society often assumes older drivers are bad drivers but that is not necessarily true.
The time savings calculated in road project planning are based on incorrect assumptions about driver behaviour.
Projects like Sydney’s WestConnex and Melbourne’s Western Distributor don't account for real world evidence of driver behaviour in estimating travel time savings.
The likes of Tesla's autopilot technology isn't meant for you to take your eyes off the road – there could be fatal consequences if you do.
By the time people reach their mid-20s, they are just as likely to have a licence now as their counterparts were ten years ago.
There are many important reasons why transport planners and policymakers should encourage and support this delay in car dependence.
Older drivers aren’t as dangerous on the road as some think.
One of the major dilemmas for families and doctors of people with dementia is whether they should still be licensed to drive.
A zero-tolerance alcohol approach is unlikely to influence irresponsible behaviour.
A zero tolerance approach is unlikely to curb the behaviour of individuals who choose to drink then drive.
Would you take a longer route to work for the good of all?
Drivers make some suboptimal routing decisions when they’re traveling around town.
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No wonder you're always late. Drivers use a route that minimizes travel time on only a third of their trips. Here's how real-world data can help planners fight traffic congestion.
A White House proposal to tax crude oil would address the U.S.‘s perennially underfunded highway maintenance program.
Obama's proposal to add $10 tax to crude oil raises the thorny question of whether the U.S. can continue to fund its highway infrastructure with a fuel tax that hasn't changed since 1993.
Young drivers are at high risk of fatal crashes, but it’s wrong to just blame the problem on youth ‘recklessness’.
It is widely believed that youth recklessness is often the cause of young driver crashes, but is this simply a myth?
The makers of GPS devices are among the many factors and actors whose role in road safety has not been fully considered.
The focus is on reducing the “fatal five” behaviours that cause road trauma: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and driving while distracted.
Weapons and flames: this ‘dream car’ design by teenagers doesn’t include any safety features.
Teenagers are more interested in gadgets and flashy desig in their first car than they are about safety features. So how do we make them think safety is important?
People travelled a total of 40 trillion km in 2012, mostly by car.
Across the western world, the distance people travel is starting to fall. That's a good thing, for us and the environment.
We’ve all met the angry driver – but how should a driver-less car react to such behaviour?
Driverless cars could soon be cruising Australian roads if South Australia gives the go-ahead to reforms to its road legislation. The technology promises to increase safety on our roads, but what happens…
All over the developed world young people are turning their back on the car. Why is it happening in Australia?
Australians have long had a love affair with the car. Car ownership and use has increased every decade since its introduction to Australia. The car has fundamentally shaped the urban form of Australian…
Economic modelling suggests raising fuel taxes could get cars off the road - and therefore save lives.
Road safety is a seriously important public policy issue. Around 1.3 million people die in road crashes around the world each year. Among teenagers and young adults, road crashes are the number-one cause…
Different people behave in different ways behind the wheel of a car.
Personality traits can be used to predict a lot about a person. They can tell about their probable career success, if they’re likely to get divorced, their risk at dying early from disease – and now, how…
Would adverts on the road take your attention away from driving? (Digitally altered image.)
People have to take in a lot of information when driving, including the locations of other road users, lane markings, signals, speed limits, directions and the dashboard display. It only takes a second…