Jerky driving - An indicator of accident proneness?

Omar Bagdadi, Andras Varhelyi

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This study uses continuously logged driving data from 166 private cars to derive the level of jerks caused by the drivers during everyday driving. The number of critical jerks found in the data is analysed and compared with the self-reported accident involvement of the drivers. The results show that the expected number of accidents for a driver increases with the number of critical jerks caused by the driver. Jerk analyses make it possible to identify safety critical driving behaviour or “accident prone” drivers. They also facilitate the development of safety measures such as active safety systems or advanced driver assistance systems, ADAS, which could be adapted for specific groups of drivers or specific risky driving behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1359-1363
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Infrastructure Engineering


  • Accident involvement
  • Safety critical driver behaviour
  • Acceleration profiles
  • Jerks


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