Safety halls: an evaluation
2005 (English)In: Journal of Safety Research, ISSN 0022-4375, Vol. 36, no 5, 429-439 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In most countries, drivers licensing systems usually include teaching some aspects of using safety equipment (e.g., airbags and seat belts). However, there is now evidence worldwide that such education is inadequate, as indicated by, for example, the overrepresentation of young drivers who do not use seat belts.
A randomized controlled study was conducted in Sweden to evaluate the effects of visiting a facility known as a “safety hall” in combination with the mandatory skid training. The results were assessed to determine the effects of the knowledge and attitudes of learner drivers in the following subjects: airbags, securing loads, seat belts, sitting posture, speed, and tires. An experimental group and a control group comprising 658 and 668 learners, respectively, answered identical questionnaires on three different occasions (pretest, posttest 1, and posttest 2).
The results show that, for most of the topics considered, knowledge and attitudes in both groups were better at posttest 2 than at the pretest, and in general, the best knowledge and attitudes were found in the experimental group. The combined safety/skid training seems to have had the greatest effect on seat belts and loads. The findings also indicate that the safety halls can be further improved to achieve an even better effect.
Impact on Traffic Safety
The use of safety halls has improved the knowledge and attitudes of learner drivers concerning several important areas related to traffic safety. Since knowledge and attitudes are important predictors of behavior, implementing safety halls can be expected to lead to improvements, especially regarding the use of safety belts and securing loads.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 36, no 5, 429-439 p.
Driver education; Learner drivers; Seat belt use; Knowledge; Attitudes
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14314DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2005.08.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14314DiVA: diva2:23215