Cranfield University and driver training specialist Peak Performance have combined to develop Fleet Driver Risk Index (FDRI) for company car and van drivers, based on psychometric principles.
The launch follows 20 years of academic research into the psychology of driver behaviour and uses psychometric principles to predict how company drivers are likely to behave behind the wheel.
Human factors contribute to about 95% of road traffic accidents and those behind FDRI hope it will allow fleet operators to more accurately identify high risk driver behaviour.
The system has been developed by driver behaviour expert Dr Lisa Dorn, current star of BBC1’s Road Rage series and director of the Driving Research Group at Cranfield University.
Dorn is also research director of DriverMetrics, a new company set up by Cranfield to handle its launch and implementation.
Dorn said: ‘In addition to identifying those drivers at high risk of road traffic accidents, the Fleet Driver Risk Index also shows some of the reasons why people are at high risk. By identifying the specific behaviours that contribute to a driver’s risk of accident, we are able to specify more targeted training interventions aimed at reducing the risk.
‘Understanding what is causing increased risks for individual drivers thus enables fleet managers to manage and reduce the risk through more targeted training.’