One of the corporate clients recently approached Century Driving Group about facilitating an assessment for one of their pre-hire canidates.
All drivers are scored on 4 discreet variables: speed, headway, junctions, vehicle control, and two composite ones: dynamic time management and dynamic space management. Overall Mr. M’s driving was in the average range. Drivers can use either space or time to control their environment. Mr. M uses time more effectively than space (DSM - dynamic space management and DTM - dynamic time management). Both time and space were in the average range. Mr. M was in the lower end of the average range on junctions (JUN - junctions; understanding and use of the road system). On headway (HEA - headway; interaction with other road users) Mr. M scored in the upper end of the average range. Mr. M was in the average range on both speed (SPD - appropriateness of speed choices for road and traffic conditions) and vehicle (VEH - vehicle handling skills). With the exception of the high degree of variability found in speed choices this driver's scores were relatively consistent within individual measure but less consistent between all measures taken suggesting that there are areas that could easily be improved that would raise his driving skill given that he scored higher on some variables.
Task Loading Conditions:
During the drive Mr. M was scored while driving normally, while following a set of written navigational instructions and pointing out a predetermined set of addresses, and while counting backwards by threes. Mr. M showed significant difference between driving normally and driving while wayfinding (multitasking), suggesting this driver needs to develop better strategies to deal with competing demands. Mr. M did not complete the counting backwards task so no analysis for internal distractors could be provided at this time.
While each segment was approximately three minutes long, some segments were more complex than others based on a predetermined set of criteria. Mr. M showed no differences between driving in complex and simple environments suggesting that he can handle both complex and simple driving situations equally.
Mr. M is an average driver who could easily raise his overall driving performance. This driver should undergo remediation to raise his overall safety margins as found in the driver competency assessment across all areas of driving and when driving with external distractors. This driver should be re-evaluated upon completion of remediation.