What is Hazard Perception Evaluation?

This state-of-the-art driver risk assessment program is proven pro-active way to identify a fleet's high risk drivers based on their performance in six core risk categories.

According to the most recent OSHA Safe Driver study, drivers make over 200 decisions per mile. The Hazard Perception Evaluation is a predictive behavioral analysis tool that is proven to predict the traffic hazard identification decision-making ability of individual drivers. The evaluation provides a key indication of the driver's propensity to be involved in a collision. The program identifies your high risk drivers and then provide specific targeted training modules to correct each driver's individual deficiencies.

The Hazard Perception Evaluation includes a series of life-like driving simulations as well as multiple-choice questions pertaining to the safe operation of a motor vehicle. The simulation section presents the driver with a view out the front windshield of a vehicle from the driver's seat, as well as rear-view and both side-view mirror perspectives (see example below), which captures the dynamics of driving in the real-world.

BrightFleet.com - 3 different Hazard Perception Evaluations - covering all vehicle types in normal fleet use.

There are three available Hazard Perception Evaluations; one each for Light Duty Passenger and Service Vehicles, Medium Duty Specialized and Vocational Trucks, and Commercial Heavy Duty Trucks, allowing us to accommodate fleets with any mix of vehicles.

During the evaluation the software is using advanced behavior-tracking algorithms to measure driver performance in six core driving categories, and is continuously assessing the drivers skill and adjusts scores in each area. Based on the results of the evaluation, the software automatically assigns comprehensive computer-based training modules designed specifically to address the weaknesses identified during the evaluation.

We have a full catalog of over 80 carefully crafted training modules - the world's largest, most advanced, and widely successful catalog of computer-based defensive driving courses. This catalog of world-class training materials was previously only available to the largest fleet operators. We have made it available for the first time to all fleet operators. This is why we say we can provide top-of-the-line Risk Management and Mitigation programs to any fleet, of any size.

Reduce Collisions 30-40% with an average ROI of 900% or more

Fleets using the Hazard Perception Evaluation (HPE) regularly see a reduction in collisions of 30-40%, with most realizing a ROI of 900% or more over the cost of the program.

A 2006 report for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimated a single "police-reported crashes involving trucks with a gross weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds" average cost was $91,112 (in 2005 dollars). The costs per non-fatal injury crash averaged $195,258 and the cost of fatal crashes was $3,604,518 per crash.

A broader study of all fleet vehicle types completed in 2003 by NHTSA and OSHA (Pub: DOT HS 809 682) reports "the average crash costs an employer $16,500. When a worker has an on-the-job crash that results in an injury, the cost to their employer is $74,000. Costs can exceed $500,000 when a fatality is involved."

There are many direct and indirect costs resulting from commercial vehicle collisions, including: injury(s) costs, vehicle & cargo damage, loss of revenue, possible effect on cost of insurance, lost clients/customers, lost time at work, cost to hire/train replacement employees, poor public relations/publicity, government agency costs.

Every company wants to improve the safety of their employees and the people their employees come in contact with.Every company wants to improve the safety of their employees and the people their employees come in contact with. Use the Hazard Perception Evaluation to identify existing risks within your fleet drivers and correct them before your employees have traffic accidents.

The Hazard Perception Evaluation can be administered easily as a stand-alone fleet risk mitigation and driver training program, and will provide a documented driver training history that may help reduce your exposure in the case of negligent entrustment claims against your company. The HPE is a valuable addition to an existing fleet safety program, and can be integrated into existing Learning Management Systems (LMS) if required.

Key Benefits of the Hazard Perception Evaluation

The assessment evaluates a driver's performance in six core areas; speed management, space management, scanning, attitude, danger zones, and the other motorist.

  • A proactive, behavior-based system that prescribes a targeted training regime for each individual driver, rather than a one size fits all approach.
  • The program utilizes a complex algorithm that runs in the background while your drivers are completing the program, evaluating the driver in six key areas of safe driving behavior.
  • The system calibrates the driver's score based on the above parameters, and automatically prescribes specific, corrective modules based on each individual drivers' deficiencies.
  • Administrators see reports detailing how each driver scored, and how well they are progressing through the corrective training.
  • This program compliments and improves any existing safety and risk reduction program, and can be incorporated into existing Learning Management Systems if required.

Risk Assessment Program for Mixed Fleets

We have a Hazard Perception Evaluation risk assessment program to fit any fleet, with three HPE evaluations and categories of training materials that cover all major classes of fleet vehicles. We assign the correct mixture of evaluations and training to suit your fleet's drivers specific requirements.

Three HPE evaluations and categories of training materials that cover all major classes of fleet vehicles.

Classes 1 & 2 vehicle drivers are assigned the Passenger Vehicle Hazard Perception Evaluation - This version of Hazard Perception Evaluation simulates the driving experience of smaller vehicles such as sedans, passenger vans, SUVs and lighter duty trucks. A good rule of thumb is if the vehicle has a rear view mirror then that driver should get the standard Passenger Vehicle Hazard Perception Evaluation program.

Classes 3 through 8 vehicle drivers are assigned the Medium Duty Vocational Trucks Edition - This version of Hazard Perception Evaluation simulates the driving experience of a medium duty truck. It is applicable to a wide variety of vehicles in classes 3 through 8. We've created the inside of the cab to represent most medium duty vehicles. Five camera angles are represented with the front dash and the two side mirrors on each side (one standard and one convex).

Class 8 heavy conventional vehicle drivers are assigned the Commercial Truck Hazard Perception - This version of Hazard Perception Evaluation simulates the driving experience of a heavy duty commercial truck. It is specific to tractor trailer trucks and incorporates a cab that is higher up then the medium duty version. Five camera angles are represented with the front dash and the two side mirrors on each side (one standard and one convex).

Risk Identification and Mitigation, All in One Solution

Safety Manager at BrightFleet.comIt's recommended to have all drivers take the evaluation at the same time, as this will report the results of the evaluation for the whole fleet, quickly identifying your riskiest drivers. It will then assign and begin tracking all of the training modules, providing maximum benefit to reduce fleet risk.

The training modules are assigned at the end of the evaluation, but are due on a schedule - for instance one per week, or one every two weeks (at the clients preference). This spreads out the benefit of driver training. Email alerts remind drivers about overdue training modules, and provide reminder information detailing how to log-on to their account.

Administrators see reports on how well drivers scored on the evaluation, and how well they are progressing through training. Drivers get to see their own scores, and can re-take training as many times as needed to pass (and the tests are challenging, drivers have to really know the material to pass).

The training modules are the highest quality computer based defensive driver training available - designed specifically for adult learners. Over 1 million drivers world-wide have used these training programs, and the results show repeated reductions in collisions averaging between 30 to 40%, with some fleets reducing collisions upwards of 63%.

See the Full Hazard Perception Evaluation - Live!

Contact us today and we'll be glad to provide you full access to a demonstration of the product. We can tailor the account so that the training system you see matches the needs of your fleet.

You will be provided a log-in to our training suite. You'll need an internet-connected computer that supports Adobe Flash.

If you'd like, we can also produce a "boardroom-ready" ROI analysis report based on your fleets characteristics, and provide you with an estimation of what return you can expect on the cost of our program, based on past performance of fleets just like yours.

Instructional Designers

This training content was created with the help of a specific group of professionals called Instructional Designers. These professionals specialize in adult learning theory and how to maximize the efficiency of training content.

What they told us is that not all adults learn the same. The three leading adult learning styles include: those who learn best through reading comprehension, those who relate to information strongly through statistical figures, numbers and graphs, and lastly individuals who learn best through a combination of audio and video.

This training has adopted these learning styles and incorporated them into all of these training programs. The end result is comprehensive training programs that are very engaging and memorable.

High Retention Training Schedule

Clients commonly run their training programs annually. This includes the Hazard Perception Evaluation used once a year, in combination with baseline training modules assigned with different due dates weeks apart to reduce overload and maximize retention.

It has been proven that delivering training in smaller portions, rather than all at once leads to better overall retention and stronger permanent learning effects. We recommend training on a monthly basis to keep safety at the forefront throughout the year.

The program is flexible enough to customize training to fit an organizations needs, whether that be monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly, we can meet your particular training needs.