THE EFFECTS OF WRITTEN LICENSING TESTS STRESSING KNOWLEDGE OF SAFE DRIVING PRINCIPLES FOR INTERMEDIATE RECORD RENEWAL APPLICANTS: AN EVALUATION OF THE INTERMEDIATE DRIVER COMPONENT OF CALIFORNIA'S SELECTIVE TESTING PROGRAM

Drivers applying to renew their California drivers licenses are normally administered written tests that are used to assess their knowledge of the California Vehicle Code. An experiment was conducted which utilized new tests that were somewhat longer than the standard DMV tests and that stressed knowledge of safe driving principles that are not included in the vehicle code. The primary purpose of the experiment was to determine the comparative effects of the test on subsequent driving record. The new tests were administered to renewal applicants who had moderate numbers of collisions and convictions on record, with a control group of comparable drivers receiving standard DMV law tests. This experiment was one of a series of related experiments that evaluated a program of selective testing of drivers license applicants according to the quality of their driving record. Drivers with better or worse driving records participated in other studies. The data for the 12 month period following written knowledge testing revealed no statistically significant differences between experimental or control group driving record means, indicating the administration of safe driving written tests did not result in a significant reduction in collisions or convictions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research performed under the Research, Development and Consultation Section of the California DMV.
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    P.O. Box 11828, 2415 1st Avenue
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95813
  • Authors:
    • Carpenter, D W
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186747
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAL-DMV-RSS-78-63 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM