Even highly experienced drivers benefit from a brief hazard perception training intervention

Horswill, Mark S., Taylor, Kirsty, Newnam, Sharon, Wetton, Mark and Hill, Andrew (2013) Even highly experienced drivers benefit from a brief hazard perception training intervention. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 52 100-110. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2012.12.014

Author Horswill, Mark S.
Taylor, Kirsty
Newnam, Sharon
Wetton, Mark
Hill, Andrew
Title Even highly experienced drivers benefit from a brief hazard perception training intervention
Journal name Accident Analysis & Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
Publication date 2013-03-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2012.12.014
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 52
Start page 100
End page 110
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
2213 Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
3307 Human Factors and Ergonomics
3308 Law
2700 Medicine
Abstract We examined the proposal that hazard perception ability is suboptimal even in highly experienced mid-age drivers. First, we replicated previous findings in which police drivers significantly outperformed highly experienced drivers on a validated video-based hazard perception test, indicating that the ability of the experienced participants had not reached ceiling despite decades of driving. Second, we found that the highly experienced drivers' hazard perception test performance could be improved with a mere 20 min of video-based training, and this improvement remained evident after a delay of at least a week. One possible explanation as to why hazard perception skill may be suboptimal even in experienced drivers is a dearth of self-insight, potentially resulting in a lack of motivation to improve this ability. Consistent with this proposal, we found no significant relationships between self-ratings and objective measures of hazard perception ability in this group. We also found significant self-enhancement biases in the self-ratings and that participants who received training did not rate their performance (either in real driving or in the test) as having improved, contrary to what was indicated by their objective performance data.
Keyword Anticipation skill
Better than average
Driver confidence
Driver education
Driver training
Hazard detection
Work-related driving
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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