THE EFFECTS OF ADDING SAFE DRIVING CONTENT TO WRITTEN LAW TESTS ADMINISTERED TO ORIGINAL DRIVERS LICENSE APPLICANTS

A group of original California driver license applicants, composed of experienced (out-of-state) drivers and inexperienced (first time) applicants were administered new expanded written licensing tests that tested vehicle code law knowledge and knowledge of other safe driving principles. A control group received standard Department of Motor Vehicles law tests following standard procedures. Two passing standards were evaluated for each test series. 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 records or other factors related to expected collision and conviction frequencies. The result for the 12 month period following written testing indicated no differential effects on subsequent driving records for out-of-state drivers. However, first time applicants who were administered new tests with passing standards most similar to standard law tests had more collisions in the year following testing compared to the standard DMV law test group. Test score correlations with subsequent driving records were similar for the two test series, and indicated a slight tendency for applicants who obtained better test scores to have fewer traffic convictions than applications who made more written test errors. Because no indentifiable safety benefits appeared likely from adopting the expanded and safe driving forms but additional costs would be incurred, it was recommended that this component of the selective testing program not be implemented. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also titled: An Evaluation of the Original Applicant's Written Test Component of California's Selective Testing Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    Research and Development Branch
    P.O. Box 932382
    Sacramento, CA  USA  94232-3820
  • Authors:
    • Carpenter, D W
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190113
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAL-DMV-RSS-78-65
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM