In this post, we present the results from a research study on using psychometric tests to predict road traffic accidents (RTA) at a local company in Zimbabwe. The impact of accidents is grave: it impacts the drivers, client property, insurance rates and the vehicles they operate. We tested 54 drivers using different psychometric tests to find out if we could predict superior driving performance for new hires. The surprising results totally changed the way our client hired new drivers.
To do this we tested 54 drivers from a local company in Zimbabwe using the Fitness To Drive Plus Vienna Test System. Each driver's test results were then matched with his/her record of road traffic accidents from 2014 to 2015. This allowed us to build a logistic regression model (using psychometric results and accident records) that distinguishes good drivers from bad drivers.
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- Memory Nguwi: Managing Consultant & Registered Occupational Psychologist at Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd [email protected]
- Douglas Zvomuya: Registered Occupational Psychologist and Associate Consultant at Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd
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