Date of Award:

1954

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Engineering and Technology Education

Advisor/Chair:

William E. Mortimer

Abstract

Officials responsible for the control and administration of the traffic on the highways and streets of the nation are aware that good roads, markings, signals, and equipment are necessary. They also realize that the human element involved in the process of operating a vehicle is of the utmost importance. Highways can only be termed good to the extent of the actions of the drivers who use these roads. Studies have been made throughout the nation in different states and cities to determine the results of formal training of drivers. The results of these studies answer many questions and also leave many questions unanswered. A previous study by H. Neil Anderson, in 1952, of the city high schools here in Utah gave some indication of the validity of the hypothesis that students who successfully coplete the driver education course have better performace records than those who did not take the course. Anderson's study, and others in the nation, leaves a challenge to carry out a survey over a longer period of actual driving time for the participants in the Salt Lake City high schools. The purpose of this thesis is to make a comprehensive study of driving records of Salt Lake City high school students who have received training in the driver education program, and those of students who have received no such training. The main objective of this study is to compare the driving records in terms of violations and accidents of the trained drivers against the violations and accidents records of the untrained drivers. This is a comprehensive study evaluating driver education in the senior high schools from analyses of driving records of Salt Lake City high school students.

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