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.
This study surveyed thousands of drivers, a large proportion of whom are seniors, to gain insight into their understanding, acceptance, and use of four specific relatively newer in-vehicle technologies.
As a follow-up to the License Policy workshop, the Foundation began work on a project documenting North American driver's license agency approaches for improving safety for older and medically at-risk drivers. The project surveyed state and provincial licensing officials to obtain updated information on current policies and practices. Additional detail was gathered on promising or innovative programs and activities that might be replicated elsewhere. Both the policies/practices and noteworthy initiatives are summarized in a searchable online database for use by driver licensing officials, policy makers, aging services providers, researchers, and media personnel, as well as older adults and their families.
The AAA Foundation hosted a workshop of experts in the field to: (1) Synthesize the present state of knowledge regarding the identification and screening of and interventions for high-risk drivers as it relates to the ability of aging drivers to continue to drive safely; (2) Develop a consensus-based set of recommendations; and (3) Identify the most important knowledge gaps and research needs related to older driver safety.
This study reports the results of a randomized controlled study of the impact of a driver training course, consisting of both classroom-based and behind-the-wheel instruction, on the driving skills and knowledge of senior drivers."
This report analyzes the walking speeds of older and younger pedestrians in six communities and reports the results of simulation-based case studies that investigate whether traffic signals can allow more time for pedestrians to cross the street without causing great increases in delay for vehicles.
This report is a compilation project (report, website, PBS broadcast video) examining the transportation safety issues and solutions for seniors and their families who are considering cessation of driving.
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