Conference Proceeding

Investigating Drivers' Traffic Knowledge in Jordan

  • Wa’el H Awad (Al-Balqa’ Applied University, Jordan)
  • Julia S Al-kharabsheh (Al-Balqa’ Applied University, Jordan)


Jordan’s fatality rate per registered vehicle is approximately 7.5 times larger than that of the United States (157.2 per 100,000 in Jordan vs 21.0 per 100,000 in the U.S.). This project addresses the traffic safety problem in Jordan by evaluating driver’s knowledge of existing traffic laws and regulations. An experiment was conducted in which 55 subjects with current driver’s licenses were administered a test composed of 25 questions selected from actual Jordanian driver’s license exams. Statistical analyses were then conducted on the results. It was found that a shocking 96.4% of the drivers in this study failed to pass the simulated written driver’s license exam, with professional drivers scoring worse than non-professional drivers. Based on the findings, recommendations are made regarding Jordanian public policy governing driver’s licensing, including more frequent retesting of drivers, a higher standard of knowledge for traffic rules, and a nationwide program to assess the relationship between driver knowledge, driver behavior, and crash and fatality rates.

How to Cite:

Awad, W. & Al-kharabsheh, J., (2001) “Investigating Drivers' Traffic Knowledge in Jordan”, Driving Assessment Conference 1(2001), 314-319. doi:

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Published on
16 Aug 2001
Peer Reviewed