Drugs, driving and models to measure impairment

K. Owens, J.G. Ramaekers

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Research into the effects of various drugs on driving performance is becoming more important as epidemiological studies indicate that the incidence of drugs in drivers is increasing. Considering that this type of research is likely to guide laws and behaviours, it is important that the tests being used to determine whether certain drugs are impairing are sensitive, valid and reliable. This chapter presents the most common tests used in research to evaluate behaviours relating to driving. The research varies from the use of simple cognitive tasks, to simulators, and to driving in real traffic. The findings suggest that there are limitations to various methods of testing; however, considerations and precautions can be taken to ensure that we measure relevant processes and use sensitive tests for drug impairment.keywordscrash riskuhodwlrqvkls ehwzhhqcritical tracking taskthese keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationDrugs, driving and traffic safety
Place of PublicationBasel-Boston-Berlin
PublisherBirkhauser Verlag
ISBN (Print)9783764399221
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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