READABILITY OF ROAD SAFETY PUBLICATIONS

Standard tests of "readability" were applied to several road safety texts. One was found to be "fairly difficult to read", although there were considerable variations in scores between texts. One text was re-written applying principles known to affect readability and comprehension. Standardized tests indicated that this did improve comprehension quite markedly and specially-designed multi-choice tests also showed that those who had read the re-written text had more knowledge of the topic that was covered than those who had read the original version. Suggestions are made as to how texts on road safety might be written more effectively. (Copyright (c) Crown Copyright 1980.)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also pub. as ISSN-0305-1293.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory

    Road User Characterisitcs Division, Old Wokingham Road
    Crowthorne RG11 6AU, Berkshire,   England 

    Nottingham University, England

    School of Education
    Nottingham NG9 3FQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • SHEPPARD, D
    • HARRISON, C
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00336064
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL-LR-944, HS-030 928
  • Files: HSL, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 21 1983 12:00AM