The objectives of the study were to develop a reliable measure of driving performance that could serve as an intermediate criterion for high school driver education curricula and to develop a test of perceptual skills that could predict perceptual skills in driving. A Driving Performance Test was developed which requires 30 minutes, both a driving instructor and a trained coder, and a standard route where traffic meets specifications. Inter-rater agreement is good and the reliability of the test is very high. The test is capable of revealing both curricular and individual deficiencies. Data were obtained from more than 350 drivers in five age groups and significant age-experience effects were found. The use of the test in studying deficiencies of elderly drivers is recommended. A second comparison of nearly 100 additional drivers found no differences in stability of performance between experienced and novice drivers when two runs were made within one and a half hours. Driver Education students are inferior to mature, experienced drivers on most performance variables, but superior in a few variables that are emphasized in Driver Education.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chesapeake College

    Traffic Safety Center
    Wye Mills, MD  United States  21679

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Jones, M H
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Pagination: 228 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-461 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-5-01263
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1979 12:00AM