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Assessment of Traffic Sign Comprehension Levels among Drivers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Department of Civil Engineering, The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13133, Jordan
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Department of Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying, Military Technological College, Al Matart Street, Muscat 111, Oman
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Academic Editors: Krzysztof Goniewicz, Robert Czerski and Marek Kustra
Received: 30 July 2021 / Revised: 29 August 2021 / Accepted: 30 August 2021 / Published: 31 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transport Systems: Safety Modeling, Visions and Strategies)
Road traffic signs are part of the road infrastructure components meant to ensure the safe use of roads by motorists and pedestrians alike. A good knowledge and comprehension of road signs helps ensure smooth flow of traffic, improves safety for other motorists and provides drivers with good reaction time to comply with the message dictated by the signs. Abu Dhabi, being the capital of the UAE, brings together people from all over the world for work, business or tourism. Abu Dhabi has quality roads and traffic signage together with an efficient police force that enforces adherence to traffic rules. Despite all these and the reduced fatalities in absolute terms, traffic violations have been increasing exponentially, resulting in five million traffic fines in 2019 for a population of about 2.9 million inhabitants. This study sought to assess motorists’ comprehension of the various traffic signs used across the UAE. The results of the survey (N = 200) revealed that the drivers were able to correctly identify 77% of the road signs in the survey. It was also found that the respondents failed to correctly identify traffic signs within the specific category referred to as “advance warning signs”. Respondents’ education, nationality, gender, and marital status did not have any statistically significant effects on the results compared to earlier studies. It is recommended that more attention be focused on driver education and training. View Full-Text
Keywords: Abu Dhabi; comprehension; driving behaviors; traffic signs; traffic safety Abu Dhabi; comprehension; driving behaviors; traffic signs; traffic safety
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Al-Rousan, T.M.; Umar, A.A. Assessment of Traffic Sign Comprehension Levels among Drivers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Infrastructures 2021, 6, 122. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6090122

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Al-Rousan TM, Umar AA. Assessment of Traffic Sign Comprehension Levels among Drivers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Infrastructures. 2021; 6(9):122. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6090122

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Al-Rousan, Taleb M., and Abdullahi A. Umar 2021. "Assessment of Traffic Sign Comprehension Levels among Drivers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE" Infrastructures 6, no. 9: 122. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6090122

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