A practical driving test designed to measure drivers’ awareness and awareness of their surroundings has been found to be ineffective.
In the trial, researchers from the University of California, Irvine used a specially designed test that included a simulated crash involving a tractor-trailer and a passing car.
The test, developed by Dr. Steven M. Poulin, a research psychologist and the head of the cognitive neuroscience lab at UCI, tested a driver’s awareness of the road, the traffic, the environment, and other people.
Poulin’s team also asked the driver to assess how much time they spent looking at the road in each of the five areas.
He found that driving at night or at low speeds distracted drivers more than driving at normal speeds.
The test also did not provide any meaningful information on how much the driver was paying attention to the road.
The results, published online Monday in the journal Science, are consistent with earlier work that found that a driver who is distracted during driving may be at increased risk for crash risk.
The researchers also found that drivers who did not pay attention to their surroundings while driving tended to get into accidents more frequently, which might affect overall crash risk and reduce driver’s compensation.
They also found evidence that distracted driving, even at night, caused accidents more often than distracted driving during the day.
Perez-Arnau, who was not involved in the study, said he hoped the findings would encourage more drivers to practice driving skills, and encourage drivers to pay attention during the time they are in the lane.
“I think that if we really want to have a safe society, we have to make sure that people are aware of what they are doing in their cars,” he said.
Parez-Aarnau said there was a long way to go in the field of driver education, including a requirement for drivers to pass a test in their car or be tested in a public place.