Dr Duncan Guest is currently a Principal lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. His research is primarily into visual processing, with recent work exploring vision and ageing and hazard perception in driving. He currently is Principal Investigator on a project identifying the hazards that motorised mobility scooter (MMS) users face whilst out on the road, and particularly at road crossings. The project was motivated by ongoing conversations with his father, a mobility scooter user for 10 years, and is funded by the Road Safety Trust. Dr Guest gained his PhD from Warwick University in 2007 and held
subsequent research positions in Psychology/Business departments In the UK, Italy and Switzerland. He joined Nottingham Trent University in 2011.where currently he is responsible for the delivery of the Undergraduate Psychology programs, heading up the Cognitive Research Group and conducting theoretical and applied research into vision.
The use of motorised mobility scooters (MMS) has increased dramatically in the last 10 years with approximately 350,000 users in the UK (Research Institute for Consumer Affairs, 2014). Despite this, no research has assessed the hazards MMS users face and how users negotiate these. We will present the findings of two studies that address this issue.
Study 1 employed a questionnaire to identify hazards MMS users faced, and collated statistics about MMS experience.
In Study 2, HD cameras were attached to scooters and expert and novice users wore eye-tracking glasses as they navigated road crossings in a city centre. The results suggested that users are faced with a multitude of hazards. Expert users have developed some expertise in identifying hazards and strategies for negotiating these. This information will aid in the development of training materials about likely situations and hazards users will face and educate new users on how to negotiate these.