This course provides an introduction to the broad field of driving psychology and examines the contribution of individual differences and biological influences to behaviour relevant to the driving task.

The course also examines how these factors interact with our social environment and identifies the psychological conditions which promote human error and road traffic crashes.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 26 - 27 Jun 2024
  • Duration2 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£550 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

Combination of presentations, practical examples and case studies. All delegates receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Identify the factors which promote human error
  • Describe how individual differences influence driving behaviour
  • Outline how psychology can be used to explain, predict and address driver behaviour.

Core content

This short course presents a detailed overview of the driver psychology area. The topics covered include:

  • What is traffic psychology and how can it help reduce risk?
  • Human characteristics and capabilities and how these relate to driving behaviour
  • Personality, emotions and driving behaviour
  • Human error and crash involvement
  • Circadian rhythms, sleep and driving
  • Stress and coping

Who should attend

This course will benefit organisations and practitioners responsible for the management and training of drivers. The course would be extremely useful for insurance personnel, fleet managers, health and safety practitioners and driver trainers.


Course Director: 



20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.