FourFourSeconds ago FourFourThe answer may surprise you.
The answer is in the data.
Researchers at the University of Queensland have analysed the data of millions of drivers on Australian roads to see what they would do if they were faced with the same road conditions in real life.
The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, found drivers who drive on snowy roads are more likely to get into accidents than drivers who do not.
“When driving on snowy road surfaces, drivers are less likely to crash than drivers on asphalt roads,” the researchers wrote in their paper.
“This is in contrast to drivers on smooth road surfaces.”
It may be that snow is more forgiving in terms of collision risk, but that drivers who use snow are more aware of its risks and thus less likely or able to avoid them.
“The study found that when snow is on the roads, drivers drive faster and more cautiously.”
Drivers on snowy surfaces are more cautious and take longer to stop at red lights and crosswalks,” the study said.”
There is a tendency for drivers on snow to approach the centre line more cautiously than drivers not on snow.
“Researchers also found drivers on icy roads were more likely than drivers in other road conditions to hit a car or pedestrians.”
The drivers who are on snow are much more likely [to] hit pedestrians,” the report said.
It said drivers on ice also had a higher rate of head injuries, which can be fatal.”
While it is not clear whether this is the reason for the high risk of injury on ice, the findings indicate that drivers in ice are more inclined to hit pedestrians in icy conditions than on snow-covered roads.””
The authors also found that the risk of being hit by a pedestrian was 3.9 to 4.1 times higher in drivers on frozen surfaces than on asphalt.”
While it is not clear whether this is the reason for the high risk of injury on ice, the findings indicate that drivers in ice are more inclined to hit pedestrians in icy conditions than on snow-covered roads.
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