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The Psychology of Driving [Kindle Edition]

Graham J. Hole
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Road accidents are the major cause of death and injury among young people in the developing world, and the field of psychology can offer great insights into the many factors that are at play when we get behind the wheels of our cars. Based on data collected around the world on drivers of all age groups, Graham Hole provides an up to date picture of the realities of driving, including visual perception issues, cell phone distractions, fatigue, drugs, and the effects of aging. These insights can help explain why we crash, as well as how we achieve the amazing feat of not crashing more often than we do.
In this jargon-free and very accessible book, Hole applies psychological methods and insights to this every-day experience with two audiences in mind. First, he speaks to accident investigators, who frequently rely on well-developed understandings of engineering and forensics and less insight into the psychology of the driver. Second, of course, this book will be of value to anyone interested in the application of cognitive psychology to real-world behaviors, and to anyone who drives.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Summary and explanation of driving research 2 Jun. 2010
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Although a little heavy in places this is a very interesting book. It covers a wide range of driving research, from drink-driving, the effects of drugs, fatigue, age and the variety of 'interfaces' that can get in the way of the act of driving itself. It also covers how the latest research believes the eyes and the brain work to see, or fail to see hazards.
A large number of research articles are referred to, with the authors reasoning as to why the research is or is not useful. There are explanations of statistics for some studies and why they can say whatever you wish, depending upon what you are trying to prove.
Oddly enough I found the section on fatigue a little tiring to read, but the section explaining why hands-free 'phones and non hands-free are just as dangerous as each other was interesting. The section on elderly drivers and why they aren't as dangerous as young drivers (except for problems at junctions) was also very well written.
The final section, about new developments in car technology and why they should be a cause for concern gave pause for thought too.
An excellent book, although its probably best to read it in small bursts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Psychology of driving is deeeep 20 Mar. 2009
I bought this book expecting something 'light' to read. It is a little 'heavy' with lots of references. Very informative however - makes you realise how accidents can happen - I won't be using a mobile in the car any more!!!
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Very informative book which examines the different aspects of psychology involved in driving. Clear, well written and easy to understand. Thoroughly recommended!
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