AUDIO-VISUAL TESTS AND OTHER METHODS OF IMPROVING THEORETICAL DRIVING TESTS

AUDIOVISUELLE PRUEFUNG UND ANDERE MOEGLICHKEITEN ZUR VERBESSERUNG DER THEORETISCHEN FAHRERLAUBNISPRUEFUNG

There are about two million driving tests per year in the Federal German Republic, these are linked to at least one theoretical test. The basic test is in the form of written responses to multiple choice questions related to certain illustrated problems. This kind of testing has been criticised because of its unrealism, the selection of problems does not conform with the basics of current knowledge on test construction, there is not enough emphasis on an understanding of road traffic and too little relationship to driver training. The author reviews the development and experience of audio-visual tests currently being used in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. These tests can take many forms and do not necessarily require a written output as candidate's response can be stored electronically. The intention of driver licencing, to permit only those who are capable of applying their knowledge, requires realistic problems. At present, test problems to be included in the test are chosen by experts. This situation can only be improved by empirical research to test the usefulness of the problems. The current written test is considered to be too short to achieve an acceptable accuracy and a test duration of about one hour is considered more appropriate. This paper was originally published in German in: Zeitschrift fuer Verkehrssicher - Heit 1984, 30(4), pp 165-175, and for the German abstract see IRRD 317831.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Heinrich, HCH
  • Publication Date: 1990-5

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 25 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: T 36

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 31A
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM