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Assessment of fitness to drive for greater safety on the roads

Did you know that technical improvements do very little to reduce the frequency of accidents on the roads? It is the human factor that is crucial. Traffic safety research shows that 90% of all accidents are attributable to human error (Gelau, Gasser & Seeck, 2012). Hence, psychometric testing can play a vital role! The driver’s attitude and behavior are thus key factors in accident prevention. This is precisely where traffic psychological assessment comes in. By measuring ability and attitudes relevant to road safety, psychological tests help the assessor make a reliable decision about whether a driver is fit to be allowed on the roads.Tests also ensure fairness because each person is assessed individually and because the assessment criteria are standardized.

Indispensable: tests validated for used in traffic psychology

Only tests validated in a traffic psychology setting provide the assurance that the tests measure the ability and personality characteristics that have a bearing on road safety. Tests that have not been validated – and ones that have not been validated in a traffic psychology setting – endanger the quality of the assessment.

Fields of application

Fitness to drive on the basis of statutory requirements

Measure fitness to drive with special test sets and a wide range of traffic-psychological ability and personality tests that comply with legal requirements. By validating the tests in a traffic psychology setting,  a high correlation between the test result and practical driving behavior is guaranteed.

Sustain mobility

Traffic-psychological assessment serves not only to identify unsafe drivers: it also provides a basis for devising and recommending specific measures to maintain older people’s fitness to drive.

Test scoring in traffic psychological investigations

Make the right decision quickly and easily

The results are available as soon as testing has finished. They are presented clearly in the form of a table and a diagram (the “profile”). Additional details provided include information on working time (both overall and per item), details of responses given and a progress chart.


As well as viewing the respondent’s test results, it is also possible to compare him or her with a requirements profile (“profiling”). This involves defining a target profile based on the levels of ability and personality characteristics needed by a driver. The FIT score that results from the test session shows the degree of match between the target profile and the respondent’s actual profile and indicates whether the scores achieved fail to reach the specified cut-off values.

The reports

The report explains the dimensions tested and describes how the respondent scored on each one. The Report is provided as a template and can be adapted as required in Microsoft Word®. The report that accompanies the FEV test set in available in both a short and a long version; it not only describes the respondent’s test results but also details cut-off scores for different groups of drivers.


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