A Simple Tool to Evaluate Low-volume Roads Incorporating the Principles of Driver Expectancy and Positive Guidance



A Simple Tool to Evaluate Low-volume Roads Incorporating the Principles of Driver Expectancy and Positive Guidance

Authors

RUSSELL E, Kansas State University, USA

Description

State and local low volume roads need to be signed consistently to provide proper guidance for drivers. Uniform, accurate and adequate information is essential to alert drivers of roadway characteristics that may confuse drivers or put them at risk. Devel

Abstract

State and local low volume roads need to be signed consistently to provide proper guidance for drivers. Uniform, accurate and adequate information is essential to alert drivers of roadway characteristics that may confuse drivers or put them at risk. Developing proper signing can be difficult since low volume roads include many different situations such as changes in roadway alignment, surface texture, width and visibility. However, if proper signing is not achieved, serious accidents may result.

Roads should be inspected to note if existing signing is adequate and if signs are the proper size, shape and color. State and local governments must also make sure that the proper sign or marker is used properly to give drivers clear information when and where needed. Commentary driving is a procedure developed to assist in evaluating roads and achieving proper signing at a reasonable cost. The procedure can benefit local governments in defense against tort liability claims and in meeting increasingly tighter budgets because, when used, commentary driving also cuts down on over-signing.

Publisher

Association for European Transport