Drivers & Machine Operators Suite

Driving vehicles and operating machines are jobs that require a set of specific skills and abilities. cut-e 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

All jobs involving motor vehicles are risky... but you can minimise 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 minimise risks! With the cut-e 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 over-fatigue, 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 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 created a test battery assessing the abilities that predict safe driving behaviour.

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 cut-e 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-drv measures 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. Thescales 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 memorise traffic signs and their position and so the test assesses how well someone can remember information.
  • The integrity test squaresmeasures the likelihood of a person demonstrating counterproductive behaviour at work. The design of squaresconsiders important situational aspects, which lead to counterproductive work behaviour.

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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