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DRIVESTA Fitness to Drive Standard



The test set DRIVESTA Fitness to Drive Standard assesses individuals’ driving-related ability in order to assess their fitness to drive.
It assesses driving-related ability on the basis of the dimensions of obtaining an overview, logical reasoning, concentration, stress tolerance, and ability to react. In addition to the results of the individual tests, an overall assessment of the respondent’s driving-related ability is provided. The overall assessment, which is reported using a five-point scale, takes account of the possibility of compensating for performance deficits through strengths in other ability ranges.
DRIVESTA has a wide variety of uses in two important application areas: Firstly, it can be used to identify performance impairments in potentially dangerous drivers, for example in connection with alcohol and substance abuse, age-related deterioration in ability or psychiatric abnormalities. Secondly, it is used in the selection of “drivers with increased responsibility”, including drivers of taxis, buses, and trucks carrying hazardous loads. The perfect complement to it is the PERSROAD test set: between them the two test sets assess both cognitive aspects of fitness to drive and the relevant personality characteristics, thereby providing a highly informative overall picture of the respondent.
As an alternative, you can also use the DRIVEPLS test set. The test set DRIVEPLS is based on the DRIVESTA test set and also assesses peripheral perception, which is needed for estimation of speed, control of the vehicle, and monitoring of the driving environment. Adding the dimension of peripheral perception increases the time and effort involved in testing. However, this also increases the validity of the result.

Legal basis and validation

The statutory regulations governing the testing of driving-specific abilities, the definition of cut-off scores or minimum levels of these abilities and the organizational arrangements for traffic psychological testing vary from country to country. The section in the manual headed “Further information” lists key excerpts from the statutory regulations of German-speaking countries. The selected dimensions are based on the action theory model of driving behavior of Groeger (2000). This consists of three pillars, which for ease of comprehension have been renamed “Planning the journey”, “Executing the journey” and “Dealing with unforeseen situations” in the test set. In a two-stage multicentric validation study the tests were found to be highly valid with regard to the external criterion of a standardized driving test.


  • Table with raw scores, percentile ranks and confidence intervals and a classification of driving-related ability.
  • Profile
  • Written report with profile diagram and verbal description of the individual results and details of cut-off scores for different groups of drivers.


The DRIVESTA test set comprises the following dimensions and tests:
Dimensions Tests Testform/Subtests Duration in minutes
Total length if all dimensions are presented approx. 40
Planning the journey
Logical reasoning AMT S6 approx. 10
Executing the journey
Concentration COG S11 approx. 10
Dealing with unforeseen situations
Stress tolerance, reactive DT S1 approx. 6
Reaction ability RT S3 approx. 6
Obtaining an overview - traffic - right-hand traffic/left-hand traffic ATAVT S5/S6 approx. 8

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Test information

cross-test scoring
cross-test norming
cross-test validation
based on statutory requirements
test(s) specifically adapted for test set
additional device required
supervisor-supported testing


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