Drivers Assessment


Psychological tests for greater safety on roads

Did you know that technical improvements do very little to reduce the frequency of accidents on the roads? It is the human factor that is crucial. Traffic safety research shows that 90% of all accidents are attributable to human error (Gelau, Gasser & Seeck, 2012). The driver’s attitude and behavior are thus key factors in accident prevention. This is precisely where traffic psychological assessment comes in. By measuring ability and attitudes relevant to road safety, psychological tests help the assessor make a reliable decision about whether a driver is fit to be allowed on the roads. In addition, digital tests offer fairness by standardizing the examination criteria and also perform economically compared to other methods

Checking the driving suitability with test sets

·         Fitness to Drive Standard (DRIVESTA)

·         Fitness to Drive Plus (DRIVEPLS) – plus PP-R

·         FeV Annex 5 No. 2 (FEV)

·         Driving-related Personality (IVPE-R)


Test for the selection of professional drivers

Did you know that more than 90% of all traffic accidents can be attributed to human error? (Gelau, Gasser & Seeck, 2012) Pay attention to the human factor and use psychological tests to determine the safety-relevant characteristics of reliable professional drivers.


·         Ready-made test set with the most important dimensions for professional drivers

·         Standardized, automatic test procedure

·         Easy to understand and automated evaluations

·         Simple overall evaluations and detailed profiles

·         Individual reports with personal interview guidelines

·         Broad spectrum of high quality performance psychology tests

·         Consideration of traffic-safety relevant personality characteristics

Why test professional drivers with standardized psychological tests?

Professional drivers have to take responsibility on a daily basis: To their passengers, their cargo and other road users. It is very important to act correctly in stressful and even dangerous situations, because even a little carelessness can have great consequences. Personality traits, which can be determined by psychological tests, make it possible to make assumptions about possible future actions. Training needs and the repeated completion of psychological tests exist also with experienced professional drivers: Particularly after accidents or other critical situations. Here, too, only well selected and trained personnel can react correctly in traffic-relevant situations!

What characteristics should a professional driver have?

Whether someone is suitable as a professional driver depends on various personality and performance aspects. Concentration, reaction, orientation and resilience are particularly important in everyday traffic. Professional drivers must not only be able to handle their vehicles, be familiar with the essential traffic regulations, but also have safety-relevant personality traits. The latter are particularly essential when choosing personnel. In order to examine all relevant aspects of driving aptitude, it is necessary to examine both personality and performance aspects. Professional drivers must, on the one hand, have the appropriate training and basic qualifications and, on the other hand, also meet specific requirements such as psychological stability, a sense of responsibility and logical reasoning. Whether those personality traits and performance aspects are present can be determined by means of the psychological test set SAROAD.

SAROAD – the test set for future and active professional drivers

It is composed of a combination of performance and personality dimensions that, according to several studies, are best suited to predict safe behaviour among professional drivers, and from a large number of dimensions examined, those that represent the best mix of information gain and test time were selected. The results of the tests are then linked to the everyday tasks of a professional driver in order to show the potential of an applicant for the different areas of responsibility. The SAROAD test set includes the dimensions and tests shown on the left in order to clarify the performance relevant to driving safety.


Dimensions for the clarification of services relevant to driving safety:

Vehicle Operation

In order to avoid dangerous situations on routine journeys, a high level of concentration and responsiveness help, for example to detect a switching traffic light early on.

Coping with critical situations

Traffic Jams, accidents or other dangerous situations, gaining an overview and the ability to work under pressure are important characteristics of professional drivers.

Analyse and Understand Situations

Every traffic situation entails risks, which is why safe professional drivers analyse their initial situation and understand which decision is the right one, for example in routine planning or challenging shunting operations.

Security-Relevant Personality

Safe professional drivers see the importance of actively avoiding risks and taking responsibility. They do not make decisions impulsively and do not act emotionally in everyday life.


Digital tests in traffic psychology

SCHUHFRIED has been conducting research in the field of traffic psychology for more than six decades. The development and optimization of digital traffic psychological diagnostic instruments goes hand in hand with our efforts to offer tests at the cutting edge of science.

Only validated methods provide the certainty that the tests measure those aspects of performance and personality that are relevant to road safety. Non-validated methods – especially those that have not been traffic-psychologically validated – endanger the quality of the assessment. All our tests are validated. The test sets DRIVESTA and DRIVEPLS are also validated in terms of traffic psychology.

The Vienna Test System TRAFFIC is the version of the Vienna Test System (VTS) tailored to traffic psychology. This holistic product solution offers not only an objective test execution and a sophisticated and graphically well prepared evaluation of all tests, but also a flexible data administration and an intuitive test procedure.

More than 1,863 Vienna Test Systems from SCHUHFRIED are currently in use in driving assessment centers worldwide. The tests in the Vienna Test System have been specifically developed for use in traffic psychology and are thus precisely tailored to this field of use. All the tests have been validated for use in traffic psychology and are suitable for people who have limited computer knowledge or none at all. The structured, standardized and objective process ensures that the same conditions apply to all respondents, so that all have the same chance – regardless of their cultural background or level of education.

Application areas

Fitness to drive on the basis of statutory requirements

Measure fitness to drive with special test sets and a wide range of traffic-psychological ability and personality tests that comply with legal requirements. By validating the tests in a traffic psychology setting, SCHUHFRIED guarantees a high correlation between the test result and practical driving behavior.