Research Papers

Alberta Drivers’ Knowledge of Road Rules

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Category 2011 CMRSC XXI Halifax
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Author/Auteur Richard Tay, Scott Wilson


This study assessed Alberta drivers’ knowledge of the rules of the road through an online survey and knowledge test and examined the effects of that knowledge on their self reported driving behaviours, traffic violations and crashes. Driver perceptions regarding the Class 7 learner’s licence test and driver knowledge testing in general were also gathered. Results indicated that Alberta drivers’ knowledge of road rules could stand improvement. Better knowledge of road rules was found to be marginally related to safer driving outcomes. In addition to retaining and enhancing the existing Class 7 knowledge test, there may be value in encouraging drivers to refresh their knowledge about road rules, especially regarding recent changes and additions to provincial traffic law prior to renewing their operator’s licence. Opportunities for drivers to refresh their knowledge include refresher courses offered through driving schools and perhaps custom online courses.

Richard Tay, Scott Wilson