How realistic are older drivers’ ratings of their driving ability?

Horswill, Mark S., Sullivan, Karen A., Lurie-Beck, Janine Karen, & Smith, Simon S. (2013) How realistic are older drivers’ ratings of their driving ability? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50, pp. 130-137.

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Abstract

One strategy that can be used by older drivers to guard against age-related declines in driving capability is to regulate their driving. This strategy presumes that self-judgments of driving capability are realistic. We found no significant relationships between older drivers’ hazard perception skill ratings and performance on an objective and validated video-based hazard perception test, even when self-ratings of performance on specific scenarios in the test were used. Self-enhancement biases were found across all components of driving skill, including hazard perception. If older drivers’ judgments of their driving capability are unrealistic, then this may compromise the effectiveness of any self-restriction strategies to reduce crash risk.

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ID Code: 64529
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.04.001
ISSN: 0001-4575
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2013 03:56
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2013 01:54

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