The purpose of the research reported here was to examine the extent and nature of the variability in driving behaviors and safety-related attitudes among drivers ages 65-69, 70-74, and 75+, using data from the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index survey.
This report investigates several state laws and requirements pertaining to license renewal for older drivers, with the objective of determining whether and which such policies reduce fatal crash rates, and by how much.
Our new study of two national databases provides some of the latest details on older driver travel behaviors, automobility, and medication use.
The study found, drivers of all ages experienced decreases in all three crash rates -- crashes per population, crashes per driver, and crashes per mile driver -- over the study periods.
This April 1, the AAA Foundation wants to make sure no motorists get "fooled" into believing these commonly-held, yet totally debunked, traffic safety myths!
AAA Foundation study shows drivers with special license have lower crash rate than general population
Using a cross-sectional survey this project provided information regarding senior drivers knowledge of the potential impact that prescription and over the counter medication use has on their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This study yielded new information about knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors of people age 55 and over with respect to medications and driving.
In 2006 the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) identified Senior Safety and Mobility as a priority research area.
Several studies analyzing driver death rates in relation to age have shown that driver death rates form a “U-shaped” curve wherein young drivers have high death rates, the rates decrease through young adulthood, level off in middle age, and increase to their highest levels at the oldest ages (e.g., Evans 2000; Williams & Shabanova, 2003;
A Missouri state law helps prevent unsafe drivers from continuing to drive and could serve as a model law for the rest of the country.
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