THE EFFECTS OF WRITTEN LICENSING TESTS STRESSING KNOWLEDGE OF SAFE DRIVING PRINCIPLES FOR INTERMEDIATE RECORD RENEWAL APPLICANTS

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 progrm 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. Correlations of test scores with driving record variables were similar in magnitude for both the DMV and safe driving test series, and indicated a slight tendency for drivers making fewer wrong answers on either test series to have fewer collisions and convictions before and after testing than drivers who made more errors. Because no identifiable safety benefits appeared likely from adopting the expanded safe driving forms but additional costs would be incurred, it was recommended that this component of the selective testing program not be implemented. /Author/

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  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: California Department of Transportation
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAL-DMV-RSS-78-63
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM