• Jun 14, 2007
It seems like motorists in the UK never get a break. Speed cameras on numerous major roads, ridiculously high fuel prices and congestion charges galore are all part and parcel of driving in the UK, so imagine how the Brits would feel if they had to undergo a psychological assessment just to obtain their license.

That could be a very real possibility if a proposal to introduce a psychometric component to the UK driving test, set forward by the government, is passed. The premise is that in order to pass the test, drivers would have to show they have the right attitude behind the wheel by taking a paper and pencil test.

Proponents of the cause say the tests will allow regulators to recognize behaviors that will most likely see a person injure themselves in a crash and identify specific driver coaching that could help modify or correct those attitudes and behaviors. Unfortunately for its creators, it doesn't take a grad with a psychology degree to realize that most people would provide the 'correct' answer rather than the one that best describes their behavior. Then, of course, some people just lie.

We've lost count of how many people we've seen driving that could definitely do with a psych evaluation, but the idea of a blanket test for all new drivers reeks of a government trying to manage risks at the lowest possible cost. If they really cared about safety, they should implement a tougher standard of driving tests for learners and offer refresher courses and mandatory retesting across the board.

[Source: Spring.co.uk]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      How 'bout an employment test, followed by a psyche test, followed by a skills test, and then a beauty contest? You ace all four tests, then you get a license.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Psychobabble
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they had to take it, half the driving test instructors in the UK would not pass this test. I've had my license for 20 years but remember them being a right bunch of little Hitlers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good to hear. Heck, even if we had 1/4 of the training and testing that UK and a lot of Europe requires for their drivers, I'd say that about 70% of US drivers would have NEVER gotten a license...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Every time I think the UK is pretty cool (quirky sportscar makers, universal health care, good public transport, Top Gear) they come along a scare the crap out of me with their Orwellian craziness.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For me, the real shock is that currently there is no psychiatric evaluation for drivers in the UK and USA. They check your eyesight, why on Earth wouldn't they check whether you're crazy? Here you need a complete physical examination, including a reflex test and an interview with a psychiatrist, both when you first apply for license and when you renew it (which is every ten years).

      They DO check your eyesight at least, don't they?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to voice my support. I know half of the drivers in Florida would fail.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shouldn't those Englishmen test the mad dogs first?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll beleive in tests when they are administered to my 83 y.o. neighbor for his failure to exceed 20 mph on any, repeat, any thorough fare on the east side of Cleveland.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please, please, PLEASE implement a "psych test" here in America, in all states!!!

      Half the people on the road do NOT have the skill set/mental capacity needed to use an electric can opener, let alone operate a 4000 pound machine at a mile a minute!~
        • 7 Years Ago
        If I thought a test would weed out the sociopaths, that would be great. But I doubt that it would. Most of the written driving exams in the U.S. can be passed by picking the strictest of the multiple guess answers. Can we really expect the DMV to come up with an exam that will prevent the next Jeff Dahmer from getting a license?

        I'd rather see improvements in driver training. Teens are taught the basic rules, how to push the pedals and not much more. There's no training on how to perform evasive maneuvers or threshold braking or how the friction circle will bite back hard if you push it too far in one direction.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto, especially in Southern California.

        http://www.autoconcourse.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      We already have this here in Brazil.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about we make people take the ASVAB too?

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=MWVH3P0K0CKE1QFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/06/12/nmedia312.xml
      and Tony Blair wonders why people hate him

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