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Traffic psychological viewpoints to driver behaviour and traffic safety

How can risky drivers be assessed psychologically? Which interventions reduce risky driving behaviour? This seminar  highlights human risk factors in traffic with an emphasis on risky driving. It is organised by the Finnish Road Safety Council and the Finnish Psychological Association’s traffic psychology professionals. Event language is English, no registration fee.

To whom?
Traffic safety professionals and those interested in traffic psychology.
7.6.2024 klo 12.30-15.30 (UTC+3)
Venue: University of Helsinki. Also online.

On-site: Venue of the seminar is University of Helsinki, Soc&kom, Festsal, Snellmaninkatu 12, Helsinki. The number of participants on-site is limited to 100.
Online: Seminar will also be streamed live. The link will be sent to registered participants.

Registration: Register here (Avautuu uuteen ikkunaan)

Please register by May 31 at the latest.


Please notice the time zone UTC+3.

  • 12.30−12.45 Opening words, Sari Kukkamaa, Neuropsychologist, Finland.
  • 12.45−13.15 What can traffic psychology offer for traffic safety and Vision Zero? – Focus on human factors in infrastructure. Ludo Kluppels, Traffic Psychologist, Belgium.
  • 13.15−13.45 Traffic psychological assessment, Margit Herle, Traffic Psychologist, Austria.
  • 13.45−14.15 Coffee break
  • 14.15−14.45 Driver Improvement: the role of higher order competences, Jan Vissers, Traffic Psychologist, The Netherlands.
  • 14.45−15.15 Driver improvement in Estonia, Gunnar Meinhard, Dr.,Traffic Psychologist, Estonia.
  • 15.15-15.30 Event summary and closing, Sari Kukkamaa, Neuropsychologist


Ludo Kluppels

Ludo Kluppels is retired from Belgian Institute of Traffic Safety, where he worked with developing a new line of activities in the Belgian Institute, based on traffic psychology. Specialist on emotions in driving, behavior change, distraction and attention in traffic.

Dr. Gunnar Meinhard has 25+ years of experience in the field of traffic safety and traffic psychology advising 50,000+ clients who have attended more than 1,500 courses. Practical experience is based on cooperation with international organizations and educational institutions and at the same time developing intervention courses in international groups, based on the latest achievements of science and technology. The main emphasis is on prevention and rehabilitation courses.

Sari Kukkamaa

Sari Kukkamaa is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Oulu university hospital and is specialized in driving fitness assessments to a wide variety of patients. She is a behavioral sciences specialist in the traffic accident investigation group in Oulu area. She is a chair of Traffic Psychology Committee in Finnish Psychology Association.

Jan Vissers works as a Traffic Psychologist and an expert in the field of behavior change. In his experience of almost 30 years research and development in the field of road safety, he has produced a total of more than 300 publications, most of them being research reports. He is specialized in driver training and driver assessment, driver rehabilitation programs, road safety education and public awareness campaigns.

Margit Herle.

Margit Herle works as a Traffic Psychologist and driver improvement trainer, test developer and test consultant for traffic psychology at SCHUHFRIED GmbH.


The organisers reserve the right to make changes in the program.