Century Driving School


Police Academy Case Study



Background Information:
An area Police Academy engaged Century to observe and diagnose their drivers training curriculum.


Identify the level of risk associated with the cadet in regards to their driving once they graduate from the academy.


Assessments were administered prior to the exetensive driving instruction given to the cadets in May 2012. Post assessments were administered at a different location after the majority of the academy had been completed in August 2012.



  1. 30% of cadets had high order errors occur during their post assessments.
  2. Half of the cadets had dramatic increases in their level of risk.
  3. Headway scores were the lowest variable amongst both the pre and post assessments.
  4. Vehicle handling scores were consistent from the pre and post assessments.
  5. Some similarities did exist to other research administered in relationship to the effects of Task Loading on the driver.
  6. Additional data was exposed on the impact of fatigue and the level of risk with driving.
  7. The change in venue of the route did not cause an impact on the scores for the group.
  8. Many issues still exist for those cadets with significant Task Loading risk.


From the results of the study we are able to state that the superman effect, as state by Dorn and Brown in 2003 (making sense of invulnerability at work—a qualitative study of police drivers), was present. Additional secondary factors still need to be examined. Future training involving secondary factors causing driver error should additionally be pursued.