That's what the makers of an online test claim—that their evaluation can help identify high-risk drivers and reduce collisions by 30 to 40 percent, typically, or up to 63 percent.
The Hazard Perception Evaluation, from Compendium Software Systems LLC, a Florida company, mirrors the drivers' ability to spot dangerous everyday-driving situations.
For those higher-risk drivers, there's still hope; the company also provides "specific targeted training modules to correct the individual deficiencies."
To cover you whether your fleet is full of Toyota Prius hybrids, Ford Transit Connect vans, or big Iveco freight trucks, the tests cover a wide range of driving types. The company has programs for online driver training designed for drivers of passenger vehicles, service vans, and commercial trucks—plus rollover-prone 15-passenger vans. There's also an ecodriving course that, the company says, could improve fleet mileage by 10 to 25 percent.
The test is a predictive behavioral analysis tool, including a series of multiple-choice questions regarding the safe operation of a motor vehicle, followed by a simulation section that "captures the dynamics of driving in the real world." According to the company, subjects are evaluated in six core areas.
"Administrators see reports on how well drivers scored on the evaluation, and how well they are progressing through training," explains the company. "Drivers get to see their own scores, and can re-take training as many times as needed to pass (and the tests are challenging, you have to know the material to pass)."
The makers of the software claim to provide a return on investment of up to 900 percent.
What do you think? Is a computer-administered test really an effective way of ruling out slow-reacting or unsafe drivers, or are the more dangerous tendencies like distraction or road rage not behaviors that would show up this way? Could this even be a legal or fair way of screening some drivers out as unsafe if their licenses are in good standing?