Human Factors: The Problem with the Problem

by Slade Hulbert,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Highway Safety Forum: Advancing Road Transportation Safety Through Better Communication and Cooperation Among the Disciplines


Human behavior in the highway transportation system is prone to error and has basic limitations. It is modifiable within those basic limits. Most often we focus attention on the behavior of highway users such as vehicle operators and pedestrians when safety is our concern. However, we should not lose sight of the fact that it is human behavior that designed the system and human behavior that places the blame and issues penalties for crashes.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Driver behavior | Highway engineering | Traffic signs | Systems engineering | Traffic signals | Highways and roads | Traffic safety

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