Hazard perception and beyond: Are these tools suitable for commercial fleets?
Speaker: Dr David Crundall - Co-founder of Esitu Solutions and Professor of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University
Hazard perception testing has been part of the driver licensing procedure for 20 years, with considerable reductions in collisions attributed to its introduction. Despite this, hazard perception has yet to become a significant part of fleet drivers’ continuous professional development. This talk will consider the barriers that have previously prevented hazard perception tests becoming more widespread within fleets, and how these issues can be overcome. Specifically, through the tailoring of training and assessment to the vehicles and roles of commercial drivers, we can create tools that are more relevant and acceptable to our target audience. The presentation includes a case study on hazard perception training for fire appliance drivers. Beyond hazard perception, similar tests can measure the level of risk that is acceptable to drivers, through our Amber Gambler and Tailgating tests. We demonstrate how these tests can be accessed online through our new EsituDrive platform, or delivered in classroom settings – which even include the opportunity to view hazard perception clips in a more immersive environment via a virtual reality headset.
About Dr David Crundall
Dr. David Crundall is co-founder of Esitu Solutions, a new company that is developing hazard perception assessment and training tools for commercial fleets. Esitu’s tools are based on over twenty years of Crundall’s academic research. He is also a Professor of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Traffic and Transport Psychology, and has additional roles with the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and UKROEd. He has published over 100 academic papers and book chapters in the field, and has received research funding from the Department for Transport, the DVSA, EPSRC, ESRC, the Road Safety Trust, The RAC Foundation, and many commercial clients.