ERIC Number: ED122055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Accidents and Traffic Offences as Criteria for Evaluating Courses in Driver Education.
A road safety study was conducted by the University of Salford, Great Britain, in order to evaluate the effects of secondary level driver education in reducing the occurrence of accidents. It examines the feasibility of using accidents and traffic offenses as criteria for evaluating courses in driver education. To achieve this objective, 1,800 boys and girls between 16 and 17 years old were recruited and divided into control and experimental groups. The participants were observed over a period of three years on various factors related to driving accidents. The relationship of various factors to driver education is examined based on their effects on accidents and traffic offenses. Driving experience and exposure to risk are important variables in determining the relationship between driver education and accident frequencies. Involvement in accidents by boys and girls were analyzed based on forms of training, driving experience, and interaction with the car. The results of the study reveal that driver education reduced traffic offenses in the short term and was replaced by experience in the long term. It also showed that the cognitive factor is important in determining accident reduction. The discussion is supplemented with extensive tables and charts. A list of references is included. (EC)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Charts, Comparative Analysis, Course Evaluation, Data Analysis, Driver Education, Educational Programs, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Program Effectiveness, Relationship, Secondary Education, Tables (Data), Traffic Accidents, Traffic Safety
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Salford Univ. (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)