The theory that people "drive as they would like to live" is disputed, in fact, it is claimed that overt aggressiveness and irresponsibility cause relatively few accidents. Research has given an indication of some of the mental processes and attitudes characterising driver behaviour. Differences exist in individual capability for perception and information processing. In general, it is thought that a low expectation of risk is a danger, but this risk could be over-compensated. Driving instruction should cover road manners and habits of attention as well as the basic skills. It is suggested that the competence of driving instructors in Britain varies greatly and the current driving test is too easy and too restricted in that no driving in demanding conditions is required. Teaching the inexperienced to recognise and avoid hazards could be more explicit. 'not paying much attention' was often given as a reason for driver error. The effectiveness of theoretical and practical driver education as part of the school curriculum has not been established, but predriving courses for all ages emphasising safety have given promising results. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1978-12-2

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 1551-3
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: 6151
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM