THE EFFECT OF ADVANCED DRIVER TRAINING ON PERCEIVED RELATIVE DRIVING SKILL AND SAFETY, AND RISKY DRIVING INTENTION, AMONGST AMBULANCE DRIVERS
Hatfield, J. and Job, R.F.S., University of Sydney, Australia
Advanced driver training may have detrimental effects, perhaps partly by increasing perceived skill to a greater degree than actual skill, so that participants take more risks and suffer greater involvement in road trauma. The present study examined whether advanced driver training increases drivers' natural tendency to overestimate their driving skill, and underestimate their vulnerability to crash or injury, relative to similar others. The impact of these perceptions on intention to take risks while driving was also investigated. Forty-two ambulance drivers completed questionnaires assessing perceived relative risk of involvement in road trauma and intended driving behaviours, before and after participated in a 4-day advance driver training workshop. No significant effect of driver training was observed. Several possible accounts may be offered for this null result, and the possibility that advanced driver training can have dangerous effects on risk perception in the general population should not be dismissed lightly.