Study Shows Following Someone Makes You Drive Recklessly
It is a typical incident to happen.
A lot of times, a person follows their friend’s car who knows the way, to avoid the prospect of getting lost.
But according to a new study, the act of following one’s friend might be risky and dangerous. In a study that has been published in the Frontiers in Psychology, researchers have found that the process can be hazardous. The study was published in May 2017 was of the opinion that drivers following other cars to a destination are likely to disregard traffic rules and regulations.
The study was based on an experiment which included sixteen students from the Arizona State University. The participants were required to drive in a simulation based on an invented city. The first task involved driving anywhere in the city; and then, they were told to follow the car in front of them through the city.
With all the collected data, it seemed clear that the drivers tend to engage in risky behavior and drive rashly while asked to follow someone. The cars that were following drove at a faster pace to keep up, made abrupt turns at higher speeds and changed lanes more than somebody normally driving. Drivers were more likely to cut in front of pedestrians too.
According to the study’s authors, the reason behind this is a common fear between drivers. The fear of being lost is to be held responsible for this.
For countering this, it was proposed that people in lead cars reduce the speed and wait for the other driver before making turns while using proper signals.