Drivers & Machine Operators Suite

Driving vehicles and operating machines are jobs that require a set of specific skills and abilities. cut-e, part of Aon's Assessment Solutions, has developed an assessment suite for drivers and machine operators to specifically capture key abilities for the following target groups:

 

  • Forklift operators and truck drivers, chauffeurs and taxi drivers
  • Industrial workers and machine operators
  • Electrical power line installers and repairers
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Fact Sheet

Predict safe behavior in those who drive or operate machines

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Drivers Suite: Reduce accidents by testing the disposition of your drivers

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Presentation

Drivers Suite: Assessing for safety and explanation why people are dying at work

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All Jobs Involving Motor Vehicles are Risky...but You Can Minimize Risks!

The statistics confirm: driving vehicles and operating machines are challenging jobs in which inattentiveness, fatigue, drink-driving, stress and aggression can easily cause serious or fatal injuries.

Reducing the risk of accidents by drivers and machine operators is of great benefit: it can save lives - of the operators and of others, and save unnecessary costs by reducing accidents and protecting expensive machinery and vehicles.

You can minimize risks! With the Drivers Suite it is possible to identify and recruit those who have the abilities and personality traits that enable them to be attentive, safe, and efficient drivers and machine operators. Pre-shift testing is also possible to ensure that your staff are fit to start their shift and not suffering from overfatigue, intoxication or other temporary effects.

Interview: cut-e and the Drivers Suite

We asked Dr Achim Preuss, founder and product director of the cut-e Group, now part of Aon's Assessment Solutions, about the Drivers Suite: Why is a specific test suite necessary? How are these test suitable specifically for drivers? And what role does integrity testing play when selecting drivers and machine operators?

What Is Measured and How?

cut-e, now part of Aon's Assessment Solutions, created a test battery assessing the abilities that predict safe driving behavior.

The five tests in the Drivers Suite measure the following:

  • Concentration
  • Reaction speed and attention
  • Ability to multitask
  • Spatial orientation
  • Observation and memory

 Conceptionally, there are two areas that form an overall score:

  • Vigilance = concentration, reaction speed and attention
  • Information processing = Ability to multitask, spatial orientation, observation and memory

In addition, the following relevant dispositions can be measured using the integrity questionnaire squares:

  • Impulse control
  • Ethical awareness
  • Trustworthiness

The Tests in the Suite

  • E3+ measures the ability to concentrate. The task involves the participant reacting to different elements in a certain way as fast as possible.
  • The test rt 2.0 measures reaction speed. The task requires the candidate to react as fast as possible when two equal objects appear on the screen.
  • mt-drvmeasures the ability to perform several tasks simultaneously (multitasking). This test includes responding to a signal under time pressure, calculation and checking of a character string. The mt-drv is an adapted version of the scales mt and was specifically designed for the Drivers Suite.
  • The task of the nav-drv is to determine in which direction a vehicle is heading after various driving manoevres. This test assesses the person's sense of direction and orientation. High scores indicate the ability to maintain spatial orientation even after many changes of direction, for example while driving a car. The nav-drv is an adapted version of the scales nav and was specifically designed for the Drivers Suite.
  • The task of the mem-drv is to memorize traffic signs and their position and so the test assesses how well someone can remember information.
  • The integrity test squaresmeasures the llikelihood of a person demonstrating counterproductive behavior at work. The design of squaresconsiders important situational aspects, which lead to counterproductive work behavior.

scales e3+ - Concentration

cut-e ability test ability to concentrate

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What does this assessment measure?

The ability to concentrate

What is the task?

The test taker is presented with different elements and needs to react to them in a certain way as fast as possible.

Each test is created by an item generator at run-time. This means that the assessment is different for each test taker thereby helping to prevent cheating, which is important when running unsupervised online administrations.

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scales rt - Reaction Speed

cut-e ability test reaction speed

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What does this assessment measure?

Speed of reaction

What is the task?

The test taker is presented with objects on screen and must react as quickly as possible when two objects that are the same appear.

Each test is created by an item generator at run-time. This means that the assessment is different for each test taker thereby helping to prevent cheating, especially important for unsupervised, online administration.

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scales mt (drv) - Multi-Tasking

cut-e Multi-tasking Capability

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What does this assessment measure?

Ability to multi-task

What is the task?

The test taker is presented with three different tasks and is required to work through these simultaneously. These tasks include responding to a signal under time pressure, focused calculation and focused checking. Immediate feedback is given regarding their answer and the test includes graduated difficulty levels.

Each test is created by an item generator at run-time. This means that the assessment is different for each test taker thereby helping to prevent cheating, which is important when running unsupervised online administrations.

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scales ndb - Spatial Orientation

cut-e ability test sense of orientation

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What does this assessment measure?

Sense of orientation

What is the task?

The test taker is required to specify the position and course of an aircraft relative to a non-directional beacon with the aid of a gyrocompass and a radio compass.

Each test is created by an item generator at run-time. This means that the assessment is different for each test taker thereby helping to prevent cheating, which is important when running unsupervised online administrations.

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scales mem - Spatial Memory

cut-e Spatial Memory

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What does this assessmemt measuer?

Spatial memory

What is the task?

The test taker is required to memorize traffic signs and their position. High scores indicate good perceptual abilities and a good short term memory.

Each test is created by an item generator at run-time. This means that the assessment is different for each test taker thereby helping to prevent cheating, which is important when running unsupervised online administrations.

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scales mem (shipping) - Spatial Memory

cut-e ability test for spatial memory

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What does this assessment measure?

Spatial memory

What is the task?

The test taker is required to memorize sea marks and their position. High scores indicate good perceptual abilities and a good short term memory.

Each test is created by an item generator at run-time. This means that the assessment is different for each test taker thereby helping to prevent cheating, which is important when running unsupervised online administrations.

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squares - Situational Behaviour

cut-e Situational Behavior

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What does this assessmemt measure ?

The likelihood of counterproductive behavior in a work context.

What is the task?

The test taker is presented with statements on-screen and asked to rate their behavior in comparison with others.

It is based on a model of counter-productive behavior that takes into account the individual’s specific situation. Thus, it does not stigmatize the test taker’s results and offers the opportunity for change through training thereby enabling a greater acceptance of results by the individual.

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Reference Reading

Fuller, R. (2005). Towards a general theory of driver behaviour. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 37, 461-472.

Hakamis-Blomqvist, L. (2006). Are there safe and unsafe drivers? Transportation Research Part F, 9, 347-352.

Kuiken, M. J. & Twisk, D. A. M. (2001). Safe driving and the training of calibration: A literature review. (Report R2001-29). Leidschendam: Institute of Road Safety Research.

Mayhew, D. R. & Simpson, H. M. (1996). Effectiveness and role of driver education and training in a graduated licensing system. Ottawa, ON: Traffic Injury Research Foundation

Schuhfried GmbH (2009). Expert System Traffic – Computerized assessment of fitness to drive. 3rd edition.

Sommer, M., Herle, M., Häusler, J., Risser R., Schützenhofer, B., & Chaloupka, C. (2008). Cognitive and personality determinants of fitness to drive. Transportation Research Part F, 11, 362-375.

Ulleberg, P. & Rundmo, T. (2003). Personality, attitudes and risk perception as predictors of risky driving behaviour among young drivers. Safety Science, 41, 427-443.

Verschuur, W. L. G. & Hurts, K. (2008). Modelling safe and unsafe driving behaviour. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40, 644-656.
 

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