Hazard perception.

Hazard perception is an essential part of the driving task, but is poorly developed in novice drivers. From 2009, testing hazard perception will therefore be incorporated in the theory examination which must be passed to acquire the driver's license for passenger cars. Hazard perception involves more than just seeing a hazard (or danger). It also involves estimating the extent of a hazard, and knowing what to do to avert it. What is important here is not only traffic insight but also self-assessment. There are different methods for testing hazard perception of drivers. And because different skills play a role in hazard perception, a hazard perception test should also use several different methods. Studies have shown that learner drivers who have had a hazard perception training are better at hazard perception tests. In countries where hazard perception is already part of the theory examination, novice drivers with the lowest possible scores for this part of the examination were found to have a higher crash rate than novice drivers with high scores. This fact sheet may be accessed by Internet users at: http://www.swov.nl/rapport/Factsheets/UK/FS_Hazard_perception.pdf

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  • Pagination: 6 p.

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  • Accession Number: 01147329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SWOV Fact sheet
  • Files: ITRD, SWOV
  • Created Date: Dec 29 2009 7:42AM