Second Traffic Science Section

We conduct research to prevent road traffic accidents mainly in the disciplines of psychology and ergonomics. For example, studies are undertaken on issues such as traffic safety education for older people and children, prevention of offender recidivism, and psycho-cognitive performance of drivers.

Research on accident prevention of older drivers

Computerized driving aptitude test instrument

Multiple task becomes more difficult with increasing age, and this is one factor that contributes to accidents involving older drivers. However, there are significant individual differences in aging and driving performance. Furthermore, older people self-regulate and compensate for potential weaknesses by avoiding difficult driving situations.


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Research on driving violations

Some driving violations are relatively often observed on the road. This includes driver behaviors such as speeding, use of mobile phone, and seatbelt nonuse. We conduct research in order to explore reasons behind these behaviors and to address behavioral change.

Observation of seat belt use


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