The development and validation of a hazard perception test for use in driver licensing

Wetton, Mark A., Hill, Andrew and Horswill, Mark S. (2011) The development and validation of a hazard perception test for use in driver licensing. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 43 5: 1759-1770. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2011.04.007

Author Wetton, Mark A.
Hill, Andrew
Horswill, Mark S.
Title The development and validation of a hazard perception test for use in driver licensing
Journal name Accident Analysis and Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2011.04.007
Volume 43
Issue 5
Start page 1759
End page 1770
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Drivers’ hazard perception is the ability to identify dangerous situations on the road ahead. We detail the development and validation of a new computer-based hazard perception test to be used for driver licensing purposes in Queensland, Australia. We proposed five principles of effective hazard perception test creation, which we used to guide development of the test. In Study 1, the video-based instructions for the test were found to be intelligible to non-native English-speakers with an effective English reading age of 10 years. In Study 2, experienced drivers were found to be faster at responding to hazards in the test than learner drivers (independent of simple reaction time or ability to use the response device), providing evidence for test validity. We found no evidence of gender, income, or educational differences in hazard perception scores. The results of both experiments confirm the efficacy of the five principles, and provide support for the validity of the QT-HPT and its suitability for use in the graduated driver licensing system.
Keyword Driving
Antcipatory skill
Hazard perception
Learner drivers
Experienced drivers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
School of Psychology Publications
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