Recognition of road signs relative to their location and driver expectation Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined situations in which experience might paradoxically lead to a failure in the identification of traffic signs: when they are located in unexpected places. According to police reports, disobeying traffic signs is one of the most frequent causes of accidents. Because experienced drivers have a well-learned pre-determined schema for scanning the roadway, they should experience difficulties in identifying traffic signs when their location does not conform to the drivers' expectations. Thus, in such situations, the tendency to blame them for an accident is misplaced, and the real cause is inappropriate design of the roadway environment. In the present study, subjects were exposed briefly to a variety of real street and road scenes. Some of the pictures included" no right-turn"(NRT) signs in the expected location (on the right curb) and some contained the same sign in an unexpected location …

publication date

  • January 1, 2005