Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Road Safety

The application of innovative methodologies to design and evaluate road safety countermeasures.

Advancements in vehicle and road design have reduced road fatalities since the 1970s in most industrialised countries. This reduction is also due to improvements in legislation (e.g. seat belts) and training, as well as targeted enforcement. However, there is still much to be done, and newly motorised countries continue to have very severe road safety problems.

Our expertise, particularly in the collaboration between transport engineers and behavioural scientists, allows innovative research and research-led teaching (e.g. Safety of Road Transport).

Our research spans the whole spectrum of road safety including:

  • engineering;
  • enforcement and education;
  • a ‘safe systems’ approach that benefits both policymakers and road users.

We conduct studies for the Department for Transport, the Highways Agency and local authorities.

Our methodologies and tools include driving simulators, micro-simulation, on-road trials and cost-benefit analysis. 

We are well placed to evaluate advancements in a wide range of road safety countermeasures, and undertake studies in the fields of driver impairment, such as fatigue, and road user characteristics, such as age and personality.

For further information, please contact: Professor Samantha Jamson