The Highway: Can Driving Be Taught?

The belief that high school driver-education courses produce safer drivers is so sacredly held that insurance companies trim premiums for motorists who have taken them. That gospel was challenged last week by University of California Psychologist Frederick L. McGuire. "There is no evidence," McGuire told a session of the National Safety Congress in Chicago, "that driver education influences accident frequency or severity."

McGuire based his claim on a federally supported research project carried out while he was on the medical faculty at the University of Mississippi. He started with two evenly matched groups of 145 drivers; one group learned to drive...

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