How realistic are older drivers' ratings of their driving ability?

Horswill, Mark S., Sullivan, Karen, Lurie-Beck, Janine K. and Smith, Simon (2013) How realistic are older drivers' ratings of their driving ability?. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50 130-137. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2012.04.001

Author Horswill, Mark S.
Sullivan, Karen
Lurie-Beck, Janine K.
Smith, Simon
Title How realistic are older drivers' ratings of their driving ability?
Journal name Accident Analysis and Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2012.04.001
Volume 50
Start page 130
End page 137
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract One strategy that can be used by older drivers to guard against age-related declines in driving capability is to regulate their driving. This strategy presumes that self-judgments of driving capability are realistic. We found no significant relationships between older drivers' hazard perception skill ratings and performance on an objective and validated video-based hazard perception test, even when self-ratings of performance on specific scenarios in the test were used. Self-enhancement biases were found across all components of driving skill, including hazard perception. If older drivers' judgments of their driving capability are unrealistic, then this may compromise the effectiveness of any self-restriction strategies to reduce crash risk.
Keyword Older drivers
Hazard perception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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