Comparison between young male drivers' self-assessed and objectively measured driving skills

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Self-assessment of skills is a self-generated feedback process that contributes to confidence in one's skills. The higher one's self-assessed skills, the more likely one is to feel competent a particular domain thereby influencing the related behaviors. Drivers' self-assessed driving skills are not always accurate, which may cause serious problems such as underestimation of risk, reckless driving and accidents. Most previous research on self-assessment of driving skills did not compare self-reported skills to objectively measured driving skills, so the aim of this study was to test the accuracy of young male drivers' self-assessments of driving skills using a driving simulator, and to examine whether self-assessment accuracy varied with driving skill, experience or sensation-seeking propensity. Results showed that the drivers' self-assessments were inconsistent with their driving performance, and this inconsistency varied with driving skill, driving experience and sensation-seeking propensity in a safety-critical way.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Aspects of Transportation
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-60440-4
StatePublished - 2017
EventAHFE: International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics - Westin Bonaventure Hotel , Los Angeles, California, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017
Conference number: 8


ConferenceAHFE: International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
LocationWestin Bonaventure Hotel
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, California
SeriesAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 0

    Research areas

  • Self-assessed driving skills, Sensation seeking, Young male drivers, Driving experiences, Sensation-seeking, Risk assessment
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