THE EFFECTS OF ADMINISTERING WRITTEN TESTS STRESSING KNOWLEDGE OF SAFE DRIVING PRINCIPLES TO RENEWAL DRIVERS LICENSE APPLICANTS

A new licensing test series stressing knowledge of safe driving principles and recent law changes was administered to a group of California drivers license renewal applicants. A control group received standard Department of Motor Vehicles' (DMV) law tests that tested knowledge of the California Vehicle Code. The primary purpose was to determine if the two series of test forms, testing knowledge of different types of information, differentially affected subjects' subsequent driving records when used in the California DMV knowledge testing program. A secondary objective was to determine the degree of relationship between test scores and driving performance. The data for the six-month period following written knowledge testing revealed no statistically significant differences between experimental and control group (standard test) driving record means, indicating the administration of safe driving written tests did not result in a change 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. All correlations between numbers of items wrong and prior or subsequent driving record were positive and statistically significant, indicating a slight tendency for drivers marking fewer wrong answers on either test series to have fewer collisions and convictions than drivers who made more errors. Because no identifiable safety benefits appeared likely from adopting the new forms for renewal applicants, while additional costs would be incurred, it did not appear to be advisable within the present licensing system for DMV to use the new forms as replacements for the standard law tests for renewal applicants. /Author/

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188234
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Research Rpt. 61
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM