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Traffic – fitness to drive

Assessment of fitness to drive for greater safety on the roads

Did you know that technical improvements do very little to reduce the frequency of accidents on the roads? It is the human factor that is crucial. Traffic safety research shows that 90% of all accidents are attributable to human error (Gelau, Gasser & Seeck, 2012). The driver’s attitude and behavior are thus key factors in accident prevention. This is precisely where traffic psychological assessment comes in. By measuring ability and attitudes relevant to road safety, psychological tests help the assessor make a reliable decision about whether a driver is fit to be allowed on the roads.Tests also ensure fairness because each person is assessed individually and because the assessment criteria are standardized.

Indispensable: tests validated for used in traffic psychology

Only tests validated in a traffic psychology setting provide the assurance that the tests measure the ability and personality characteristics that have a bearing on road safety. Tests that have not been validated – and ones that have not been validated in a traffic psychology setting – endanger the quality of the assessment.

SCHUHFRIED has been conducting research in the field of traffic psychology for more than five decades. Its work on developing and improving digital traffic-psychology assessment tools goes hand in hand with our focus on providing state-of-the-art tests. You too can benefit from our know-how!

More than 1,750 Vienna Test Systems from SCHUHFRIED are currently in use in driving assessment centers worldwide. The tests in the Vienna Test System have been specifically developed for use in traffic psychology and are thus precisely tailored to this field of use. All the tests have been validated for use in traffic psychology and are suitable for people who have limited computer knowledge or none at all. The structured, standardized and objective process ensures that the same conditions apply to all respondents, so that all have the same chance – regardless of their cultural background or level of education.


  • Precise and reliable measurement of all traffic-psychology-related issues is ensured by the millisecond-precise measurement of response behavior and by the range of peripheral devices that can be controlled by the Vienna Test System.
  • All tests have been validated in a traffic psychology setting.
  • Modern, high-quality and ergonomic input panels, produced in Austria.
  • Fair and scientifically validated assessment is assured as a result of continuous research.
  • Clear and simple instructions ensure that the system can also be used by older people and people with no computer experience.
  • Compilations of specific tests designed to answer an overarching query: fitness to drive (DRIVESTA, DRIVEPLS); driving behavior (PERSROAD).
  • Reports describe your respondent’s performance in words and diagrams. Complex test results are broken down succinctly and made easy to understand.

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Fields of application

Fitness to drive on the basis of statutory requirements

Measure fitness to drive with special test sets and a wide range of traffic-psychological ability and personality tests that comply with legal requirements. By validating the tests in a traffic psychology setting, SCHUHFRIED guarantees a high correlation between the test result and practical driving behavior. Read more...

Sustain mobility

Traffic-psychological assessment serves not only to identify unsafe drivers: it also provides a basis for devising and recommending specific measures to maintain older people’s fitness to drive. Read more...

All TRAFFIC dimensions at a glance