Improving fitness to drive: the case for hazard perception training

Horswill, Mark S. (2016) Improving fitness to drive: the case for hazard perception training. Australian Psychologist, 51 3: 173-181. doi:10.1111/ap.12132

Author Horswill, Mark S.
Title Improving fitness to drive: the case for hazard perception training
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9544
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ap.12132
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 51
Issue 3
Start page 173
End page 181
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract On one hand, individuals who are unfit to drive should not be allowed behind the wheel. On the other hand, being unable to drive can have significant negative consequences for some individuals, including an increased mortality risk. One potential solution to this dilemma is to use training interventions to improve fitness-to-drive. The problem is that, in general, post-licensing driver training and education has a disappointing track record in terms of improving road safety. However, one type of intervention that may have the potential to buck this trend is hazard perception training. Hazard perception, which is the driver's ability to anticipate dangerous situations on the road ahead, has been found to predict both crash risk and on-road driving performance, and can account for variance in both of these criteria that other key fitness-to-drive measures cannot. Crucially, there is evidence that hazard perception competence can be improved by brief computer-based interventions, even for driver groups who are more likely to face fitness-to-drive challenges, such as individuals aged over 65 years or adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This article puts the case for potentially using such interventions to help individuals with fitness-to-drive difficulties.
Keyword Driving skill
Hazard perception
Road safety
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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