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

Mark Sanho Horswill, Kirsty Taylor, Sharon Newnam, Mark Wetton, Andrew Hill

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100 - 110
Number of pages11
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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