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Impact of Roadside Advertising on Road Safety
Publication no: AP-R420-13 Pages: 56
Published: 16 January 2013
This research project aimed to harmonise the criteria road agencies use to manage roadside advertising devices, and promote improved and consistent good practice by road agencies.
Physical and psychological human characteristics strongly suggest that in some driving situations it is likely that the movement or changes in luminance created by digital displays will involuntarily capture attention, and that particularly salient emotional and engaging material will divert attention, to the detriment of driving performance. This is particularly the case for inexperienced drivers. Where this happens in a driving situation that is also cognitively demanding, the consequences have the potential to be significant.
This report provides guidance principles designed to mitigate the potential for roadside advertising to capture attention, reduce the cognitive capacity available for driving and have a negative impact on driving performance. The principles are divided into sign design and sign placement recommendations and cover movement, dwell time, transition time, message sequencing, quantity of information, information content / meaning, luminance, longitudinal placement, lateral placement, vertical placement, orientation/viewing angle, sight distance/visibility, and speed environment.
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