Conference Proceeding

Cognitive and Psychomotor Correlates of Self-Reported Driving Skills and Behavior

  • Nebi Sümer (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
  • Ayça Berfu Ayvasik (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
  • Nurhan Er (Ankara University, Turkey)


The purpose of this study is to predict self-reported driving and safety skills, traffic violations, and errors by using the measures of cognitive and psychomotor abilities. Male drivers (N = 716, mean age = 36.59) were administered the computerized measures of monotonous and selective attention, visual pursuit, eye-hand coordination, reaction time, and peripheral perception. They also responded to the measures of driving skills and behaviors. Examination of the correlations indicated that the indices of visual pursuit, coordination, peripheral perception, and reaction time significantly correlated with driving skills and aberrant behaviors. The results of the sequential regression analyses controlling for age, level of education, and annual km revealed that selective attention negatively and significantly predicted both types of skills and positively predicted violations and errors. Peripheral perception, visual pursuit, and reaction time were the significant predictors of driving skills and errors in the expected direction. Cognitive and psychomotor abilities accounted for 11% to 17% of the variances in the self-reported driving variables. Results suggested that although the magnitude of the associations was relatively weak, psychomotor and cognitive/perceptual abilities are associated with self-reported driving performance and behaviors for young and middle-aged drivers. These findings indicated that certain measures of cognitive and psychomotor abilities, such as peripheral perception and selective attention, have implications for driver assessment systems and should be carefully examined in future research.

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Sümer, N. & Ayvasik, A. & Er, N., (2005) “Cognitive and Psychomotor Correlates of Self-Reported Driving Skills and Behavior”, Driving Assessment Conference 3(2005), 96-103. doi:

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Published on
28 Jun 2005
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