Driver Selection Tests and Measurement

Research reveals large and enduring individual differences in crash risk among commercial drivers, and indeed among drivers in general. Most notably, naturalistic driving studies are able to count driver involvements in at-fault traffic events, including crashes, near-crashes, and other incidents. In one group of 95 commercial drivers, the worst 21 drivers drove 19% of the study sample driving hours but had 53% of at-fault events. This study will identify specific tests, and types of tests, as well as their level of use within the motor carrier industry. Also reviewed with be U.S. Department of Labor standards for test validity and fairness. This information will help carriers to make greater use of selection devices and well as better choices among available instruments. The study will include a review of the academic, commercial, and industry literature on tests, measurements, and other procedures used by motor carriers to select safe commercial drivers. Motor carrier safety managers and others will be surveyed in regard to the selection tests and procedures they use and consider most effective and useful. Selection procedures will be described that address the various personal trait dimensions underlying differential driver risk. Finally, research and development needs relating to commercial driver selection will be identified.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project MC-23

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590

    Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Start Date: 20100327
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25644

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01546047
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project MC-23
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 2 2014 1:01AM