Publication Details

Effect of range training: Comparison of road test scores for driver education students

Type: Paper

Author(s): Council, Forrest M.; Roper, Rita B.; Sadof, Michael G.; Desper, Linda P.

Pages: 28

Publisher: UNC Highway Safety Research Center


Publication Date: 1975

Address: Chapel Hill, NC

Abstract: This report deals with one area of the evaluation and upgrading of North Carolina's "range-related" driver education program -- the evaluation or student performance based on the driver license examination with emphasis on the road test portion. A comparative analysis of road test scores was conducted for two samples of students, those being trained on range facilities and those receiving the standard "30 and 6" training. Because road test scores represent a more immediate criterion for knowledge and performance of driving skills than driver histories, they were chosen as a measure variable. As in earlier studies, little difference was noted between the two samples. In certain cases, there was a trend toward higher road test scores in the control or non-range sample. This difference may not be significant, however, due to possible biases in sampling and difference in attitude and exposure. The study compared the driver licensing test performance of two groups of driver education students: those involved in North Carolina's multi-vehicle range program and students in the "30 and 6" program (30 hours of class instruction and six hours of "behind the whell" instruction). It evaluated the performance of 3,049 applicants (all aged 16 and 17) based on the driver license examination with emphasis on the road test portion. Road test data were collected between December 1974 and May 1975 and included: age, sex, race, driver license number, performance on maneuvers, number of items missed on signs and rules tests, driving test score, school where driver education was taken, whether student had a learner's permit, and driver education certification number. Three basic types of analyses were conducted: (1) comparison of failure rates, (2) comparison of mean scores, and (3) analysis of variance calculations. The analyses conducted indicated very little difference between the range and "30 and 6" groups with the "30 and 6" group showing slightly higher road test scores. The results pointed out a need for continued improvement in the range curriculum. (Author/BP)