Conference Proceeding

Validation of Driving Simulation to Assess On-Road Performance in Huntington Disease

  • Hannes Devos (University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
  • Alice Nieuwboer (University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
  • Wim Vandenberghe (University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
  • Mark Tant (Belgian Road Safety Institute, Brussels, Belgium)
  • Willy de Weerdt (University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
  • Ergun Uc (University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA)


Driving simulators are increasingly used to assess the driving capabilities of persons with neurodegenerative conditions. However, few driving simulator evaluations have been validated against standardized on-road tests. The aim of this study was to investigate the concurrent validity of a comprehensive driving simulator evaluation in 29 persons with Huntington disease (HD). The Test Ride for Investigating Practical fitness to drive (TRIP) checklist was administered after a 15 km simulator drive and 20 km on-road drive. The total driving simulator TRIP score and each of its item scores were compared with the on-road TRIP scores using Spearman rho correlation statistics. We found significant correlations for 9 of the 12 items. Correlations ranged between 0.12 for the item gap distance at speed below 50 km/h and 0.72 for the total TRIP score, indicating variable strength of the associations. Items assessing operational skills correlated better with on-road driving performance than tactical or higher-order visual items. The results indicate that a fixed-base, single screen driving simulator is a valid tool to assess on-road driving capabilities in persons with HD.

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Devos, H. & Nieuwboer, A. & Vandenberghe, W. & Tant, M. & de Weerdt, W. & Uc, E., (2013) “Validation of Driving Simulation to Assess On-Road Performance in Huntington Disease”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 241-247. doi:

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Published on
19 Jun 2013
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