Driving on the motorway: the effect of alternating speed on driver's activation level and mental effort.

@article{Tejero2002DrivingOT,
  title={Driving on the motorway: the effect of alternating speed on driver's activation level and mental effort.},
  author={P. Castro Tejero and Mariano Ch{\'o}liz},
  journal={Ergonomics},
  year={2002},
  volume={45 9},
  pages={
          605-18
        }
}
When most of the driving tasks are performed automatically, a driver's level of alertness may decline, as has been pointed out in the study of the phenomenon called 'highway hypnosis'. One possible countermeasure is to periodically vary the speed (Wertheim 1978), but the authors have not found any studies that directly assess the effectiveness of this countermeasure. The objective of our study has been to provide empirical evidence regarding the effects of this strategy on the level of driver… CONTINUE READING
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