PROPOSED DEFINITIONS OF SAFE DRIVING: AN ATTEMPT TO CLEAR THE ROAD FOR MORE EFFECTIVE DRIVER EDUCATION

A survey of traffic accident literature reveals a marked lack of agreement on what constitutes a valid measure of driving safety, as well as an apparent lack of strong support for a single coherent theoretical model to explain or account for the occurrence of collisions. This paper suggests that there is a tendency to confuse the interrelated but distinctly different concepts of legal and safe driving. The paper reviews the driver education process and the characteristics of the driver's license examination in relation to acquisition and retention of safe driving skills. The paper then proposes a definition of safe driving, contrasts this with legal driving, and suggests a cognitive approach to collision prevention training and driver licensing based on the teaching of safety protocols.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Montreal

    Center for Research on Transportation (CRT)/CIRRELT
    P.O. Box 6128, Station Centre-ville
    Montreal, Quebec  Canada  H3C 3J7
  • Authors:
    • Hirsch, P
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 21 1996 12:00AM