On Road Driving Assessment
Teen drivers exit the learner permit period with difficulty executing a variety of driving behaviors. The ability to identify these skill deficits during the learner permit phase would significantly advance teen driver research. We approached this goal by developing a safe, developmentally appropriate, and challenging on-road driving assessment of teen drivers during the learner permit phase.
The On-road Driving Assessment for Learner Teen Drivers (tODA) can assess a wide range of specific driving tasks and characterize the nature of safety-relevant errors (classified as “critical errors”). Published data suggest that the tODA expands the repertoire of driving assessments by providing a means to safely and systematically assess drivers with varying levels of expertise in the context of practical evaluations of driver performance.