Effects of higher-order driving skill training on young, inexperienced drivers’ on-road driving performance

  • Published: Accident Analysis & Prevention, 43(5), 1818-1827, 2011
  • Authors: Isler, R. B., Starkey, N. J., & Sheppard, P.
  • Date Added: 01 Feb 2014
  • Last Update: 01 Feb 2014
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To compare the effects of higher order cognitive skills training and traditional vehicle handling training on driving performance, hazard perception, attitudes to risk driving and confidence levels in young inexperienced drivers.


Random allocation of 36 participants to one of three groups -higher order training, vehicle training, or no training. Participants were assessed on-road and took hazard perception and self-report tests before and after the training period.

Key Findings:

  • Higher order training group showed improvements in on-road assessment, and hazard perception, attitudes to close following and dangerous overtaking.


hazard perception


Author notes that the extensive practice at hazard perception during the training in the higher order group is probably to blame for increases in safe attitudes towards risky activities (‘insight’ being a key mechanism). Link between hazard perception and risk taking is still a key area of research. Only short term effects shown.