Drivers’ Short-Term Memory Puts Motorcyclists at Risk

Posted on September 23, 2019 3:09 pm
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There are an estimated 90 fatalities a year in the UK caused by drivers pulling out into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

New research by psychologists at the University of Nottingham suggests this sort of crash may often be the result of a short-term memory failure rather than the driver not seeing an approaching motorcycle.

A series of experiments, carried out in the School of Psychology’s high-fidelity driving simulator, showed that drivers looked at, but seconds later failed to recall, critical approaching vehicles on up to 15% of occasions. Drivers were around 5 times more