Drivers needed for a research study

From: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers aged 35-65 with valid U.S. driver’s licenses to participate in a research study during daytime hours. This project is being carried out in conjunction with researchers from the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke. The purpose is to see how numbing and bandaging the hand influences driving ability.

Participants will drive a research vehicle, first on a pre-determined route on public roads, then onto a closed test course at VTTI, to perform typical low speed driving scenarios. Following the drive, participants will be asked to allow a licensed hand surgeon to inject a local anesthetic, lidocaine, into their right wrist followed by application of a bulky bandage to the wrist and hand simulating the bandaging a person may receive after a hand surgery. 

The project will look at how local anesthetic and bandaging on the right hand affects driving performance in a wide range of scenarios, for example, parking, driving in reverse, and day to day driving, etc. After the lidocaine takes effect, participants will be asked to repeat the initial drive route and scenarios, but this time while their hand/wrist is bandaged. 

Total participation time consists of one visit lasting approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. This project provides compensation of $50 per hour. The average range of compensation for full participation is expected to be anywhere from $100-175. 

To learn more, contact 540-231-1277 or drivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference “the HAND Study” in the message.