TOPICS OF DRIVER'S KNOWLEDGE: A CROSS-NATIONAL STUDY

This investigation was to compile a list of topics accepted as necessary for safe driving and which should be included in driver education courses. The topics were to be given empirical values and ranked according to their relative importance. Parallel investigations were conducted in England, France, and West Germany to know whether similar results can be expected in other countries. A questionnaire was prepared from American textbooks, handbooks, automobile magazines and psychological journals, in the form of an extended opinion survey. In all three samples the rater found himself at the upper end of the scale when asked to judge his own knowledge, whereas he placed the beginner mostly at the bottom. It was uniformly presumed that beginners know more about road signs and traffic regulations. Drivers indicated subject areas they felt important and desired more knowledge in. The greatest deficiencies are in the areas of first aid, knowledge about safe distances between vehicles, and stopping distance. French drivers attributed more importance to vision and lighting of motor vehicles than did British drivers. Traffic regulations were of little importance to Germans and of great importance to the French. /MW/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the International Sumposium on National and Cultural Variables in Human Factors Engineering, Oosterbeek, Netherlands, 19-23 June 1972.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Technical University of Munich

    Arcisstrabe 21
    FG Computational Mechanics
    D-80333 Munich,   Germany 

    Regensburg University, West Germany

    ,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Hoyos, C G
    • Lutze, H-J
  • Publication Date: 1972-6

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098864
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM