Project Daytime Running Lights for cars
An ex ante analysis of the traffic safety measure "Daytime Running Lights" at the behalf of the UDV Unfallforschung der Versicherer
Traffic safety measure "Daytime Running Lights for cars"
Starting 02-07-2011, newly licensed vehicles have to have daytime running lights equipped. Some people support this step because of studies that promise a significant reduce in the number of accidents ( up to 25% ), while others fear for the safety of weaker traffic participants, especially motor cyclists.
On behalf of the UDV, one of the most important sponsors of road safety research, HFC tested the security measure “Daytime running lights” regarding safety issues and negative effects in collaboration with the Chair of Lighting Technology ( University of Technology, Berlin ).
The project was designed as an ex ante analysis of the traffic safety measure “Daytime running lights”; that means the suspected or feared negative effect of it were to be tested in a series of experiments in the field, in the laboratory and the simulator.
The Questions raised were referring to:
The combination of different research methods has a range of advantages: it balances experimental control of laboratory / simulator studies with the realism of real test drives. The studies had different contentual foci, therefore basing on one another and complementing each other. Thus, a backed statement concerning the validity of the results can be made.