The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) says a new assessment tool could help to identify safe, younger drivers.

The ATRI has released the results of its Phase 1 Beta Test of its Younger Driver Assessment Tool which it says “showed promise” in differentiating safer drivers from less safe drivers.

The test administered a comprehensive assessment battery to current commercial truck drivers aged from 20 to 60 years old.

Personality traits, reasoning, impulsivity, sensation-seeking, sleep quality, and cognitive control were tested as well as drivers’ safety performance using motor vehicle record and pre-employment screening program data on safety violations and crash involvement.

“Given all the internal and external pressures on driver recruitment and retention, it is safe to say that the driver shortage crisis is not going away,” said Joyce Brenny, Brenny Transportation, Inc. CEO and Founder.

“We need to find ways to expand the pool of safe truck drivers, and ATRI’s preliminary research indicates that safe, younger drivers can be found.”

The full report can be read on the ATRI website.