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Still Driving? Innovative Program Assesses Senior DriversNational09/15/2020News

Boston Magazine details DriveWise, an innovative program that assesses senior drivers.

Self-perceptions and Current Practices of High-risk Older Drivers: Implications for Driver Safety InterventionsNorth Carolina07/01/2020Association

Comfort Keepers Senior Care Durham & Chapel Hill discusses safe driving for seniors in their video.

Clinician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers, 4th EditionNational12/31/2019Association

The Clinician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers is published by the American Geriatrics Society for healthcare providers. 

Gap Exists Between Seniors’ Opinion of Driving Ability and PerformanceNational05/29/2019Association

The majority of older adults rate themselves as excellent drivers though one in four had a wreck in the previous five years.

Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older AmericansNational03/13/2018Nonprofit Organization

This report from TRIP, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that conducts technical research related to surface transportation, provides key data related to older driver safety and discusses strategies for improving safety.

Ohio’s Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Safety for Aging CitizensOhio03/01/2018Association

This article from the ITE Journal discusses how the Ohio Department of Transportation has collaborated with occupational therapists to develop a comprehensive approach to older driver safety.

Addressing Citizen Requests for Traffic Safety ConcernsMinnesota12/01/2017Association

This guidebook, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, provides guidance to local agency staff on responding to concerns expressed by members of the public regarding community traffic safety.

Taxonomy and Terms for Stakeholders in Senior MobilityNational11/03/2017Association

 The document will help those who encounter older adults with limited mobility, and will help them with communicating potential solutions to preserve and extend safe, independent transportation options for older persons.

Driver Medical Review Practices Across the United StatesDistrict of Columbia04/01/2017US Department of Transportation

There were 38.4 million licensed older drivers in 2014—a 31% increase from 10 years earlier (2005).

Medical Review Practices For Driver Licensing  Volume 3District of Columbia04/01/2017US Department of Transportation

This volume updates the information presented in 2003 (Summary of Medical Advisory Board Practices in the United States). 

Development of a curriculum and roadside screening tool for Law enforcement identification of medical impairment in aging driversNational12/03/2016Association

Additional information showing how the DOSCI tool was developed and tested as a roadside screening tool can be found at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. 

Brain Training Tips for Smart DrivingDistrict of Columbia10/04/2016Association

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health recently found that adult drivers who had cognitive training for memory, reasoning or speed of processing had 50 percent fewer car crashes than those in the control group.

Exploration of Older Drivers’ Speeding BehaviorNational10/01/2016Association

Speeding increases crash risk and resulting injury severity. Older drivers are at increased risk of injury due to frailty, at increased risk of crashing due to slower reaction times compared to younger drivers.

Medical Review Practices For Driver Licensing Volume 1District of Columbia10/01/2016US Department of Transportation

A Case Study of Guidelines and Processes in Seven U.S. States. 

Senior Health: Seniors Need to Consider When to Give Up DrivingNational09/10/2016News

Do you worry about your driving? Is your family “pestering” you about your driving? Broaching the subject of driving with an older person is usually a difficult task. In our society, driving is associated with independence and freedom.

Tech May Help Steer Older Drivers Down a Safer RoadNational09/06/2016News

Older drivers may soon be traveling a safer road thanks to smarter cars that can detect oncoming traffic, steer clear of trouble and even hit the brakes when a collision appears imminent.

Driving Simulator Training Is Associated with Reduced Inhibitory Workload in Older DriversNational07/04/2016Association

In demanding cognitive tasks, older people mostly experience more problems than younger people, and their brain workload is higher. 

Driving Task: How Older Drivers' On-Road Driving Performance Relates to Abilities, Perceptions, and RestrictionsNational06/01/2016US Department of Transportation

This study examined a cohort of 227 older drivers and investigated the relationship between performance on the electronic Driver Observation Schedule (eDOS) driving task.

Functional Changes and Driving Performance in Older Drivers: Assessment and InterventionsNational05/20/2016Association

With the increasing aging of the population, the number of older drivers is rising. Driving is a significant factor for the quality of life and independence concerning social and working life.

Functional Outcomes for Older Adults Injured in a CrashNational, Connecticut, Illinois05/01/2016US Department of Transportation

This report explores the health and quality-of-life impacts of crashes among older (65+) and middle-aged (40-55) occupants.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation & UtilitiesPennsylvania11/10/2015Association

A blog for Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities.

Critical Older Driver Errors in a National Sample of Serious U.S. CrashesNational07/01/2015Association

A study was done to determine which senior driver errors caused the most prevalent serious crashes.

Health Care Provider Mobility Counseling Provision to Older Adults: A Rural/Urban ComparisonNational06/13/2015Association

The current study examined rural-urban differences in health care provider (HCP) perceptions, attitudes, and practices related to driving safety/cessation-related anticipatory guidance provision to older adults.

Does Attention Capacity Moderate the Effect of Driver Distraction in Older Drivers?National04/01/2015Association

With age, a decline in attention capacity may occur and this may impact driving performance especially while distracted. 

Lives Saved by Vehicle Safety TechnologiesNational01/01/2015US Department of Transportation

NHTSA’s Technical Report on the lives saved by vehicle safety technologies and associated federal motor vehicle safety standards from 1960 to 2012.

Mature Motorists Worse at Texting and Driving, Study ShowsNational12/18/2014Association

An interdisciplinary research team has made a surprising discovery: Older, more mature motorists-who typically are better drivers in many circumstances-are much worse than their younger counterparts when texting while driving.

Senior Citizens Back Tougher Rules for Older DriversNational12/04/2014News

This article explains that contrary to popular belief, seniors actually want to see tougher rules in place for older drivers.

Driving and Dementia: A Review of the LiteratureNational12/01/2014Association

This article reviews literature on seniors with dementia and their ability to drive.

International: Cognitive Screening Tools for Predicting Unsafe Driving Behavior Among Senior DriversNational10/17/2014Association

As Canada’s elderly continue to represent the fastest-growing population in Canada, there has been an increasing need for effective and efficient screening tools for senior drivers.

Development of Safe-driving-system Features for Elderly DriversNational07/04/2014Association

This paper is a result of research done on existing vehicle systems that are in place promote safe driving.

Driving Rehabilitation Programs for Older Drivers in the United StatesNational06/27/2014Association

This study describes various options for driving rehabilitation programs offered in the United States.

Driving Rehabilitation Programs for Older Drivers in the United StatesNational06/27/2014Association

This study describes various options for driving rehabilitation programs offered in the United States.

Effect of a Group Intervention to Promote Older Adults’ Adjustment to Driving Cessation on Community Mobility: A Randomized Controlled TrialNational06/01/2014Association

The UQDRIVE program, a group education, and support program was developed to meet the needs associated with driving cessation for older adults. The current study investigated the effect of the program on community mobility.

Disease-, Age-related Effects of HIV May Impact Driving Abilities of Middle-aged and Older AdultsAlabama, National04/02/2014University

Nearly half of people living with HIV experience cognitive deficits that may impact instrumental activities of daily living, including driving, according research.

Effect of Passenger Presence on Older Drivers’ Risk of Fatal Crash InvolvementNational03/28/2014Association

To determine the association between passenger presence and risk of fatal crash involvement in relation to driver and passenger age and gender, focusing especially on drivers ages 65 and older.

Consensus Statements on Driving for Persons with DementiaNational02/25/2014Nonprofit Organization

This paper works as a guide for occupational therapists when addressing driving, mobility and dementia in seniors.

Study: Aging Drivers Crash Less Often Than Earlier GenerationsNational02/20/2014News

This article reports on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s findings that drivers aged 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations.

Driving Cessation Hinders Aging Adults Volunteer and Work Lives, Social Lives Okay in Short TermNational, Missouri09/17/2013Association

Science Daily published a press release which states the researchers’ results regarding how seniors’ driving cessation affected their ability to work, volunteer and remain social.

Seniors Behind the Wheel: Few Kids Have the TalkNational07/29/2013News

This USA Today article talks about the difficulties children of seniors face when discussing driving cessation.

Seniors Driving: When Should Your Parents’ Keys Be Taken Away?National05/18/2013News

Huffington Post shares a video clips from “The Drs” discussing senior driving and knowing when parents’ keys should be taken away. 

Drivers Education for Older Drivers Remains for 2 Years, Researcher FindsNational04/26/2013Association

In seeming contrast to the notion that the elderly often have memory problems, a new study finds driver retraining to be an effective strategy for improving the safe-driving habits of older drivers over the long term.

Effectiveness of LED Stop Lamps for Reducing Rear-End Crashes: Analyses of State Crash DataNational02/01/2013US Department of Transportation

NHTSA’s Technical Report on the effectiveness of LED stop lamps for reducing rear-end crashes and analyses of state crash data.

When Should Seniors Hang Up the Car Keys?National10/08/2012News

NPR reported that “officials are bracing for a surge in senior drivers.” With statistics showing an accident increase after 65 and the likelihood of fatal accidents after 75, according to NPR.com. 

Has the Time Come for an Older Driver Vehicle?National02/02/2012Association

This paper questions if it’s time for vehicles to be designed to suit the needs of an older population.

Identifying and Remediating Failures of Selective Attention in Older DriversNational02/02/2012Association

Older drivers are primarily overinvolved in crashes at intersections, and failure to attend to regions that contain relevant information about potential hazards is a major contributor to this problem.

Many Older Floridians Have No Backup Plan After Hanging Up Their KeysFlorida12/02/2011Association

Florida is home to one of the highest percentages of residents ages 65 and older in the USA, but very few of them have through ahead to a time when they will no longer be able to drive a vehicle safely. 

Helping Eye Care Providers Better Assess Driving in Older AdultsNational08/23/2011Association

Drivers over age 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the driving population, and their eye care providers are playing an increasingly important role in assessing their ability to drive safely.

Driving Errors Increase with Age Among Older Drivers: Blind-spot Errors Most Common MistakeNational06/22/2011Association

Even healthy adults with a safe driving record tend to make more driving errors as they age, including potentially dangerous mistakes, such as failing to check blind spots, according to a new study.

Elderly Drivers Support Competency TestsNational05/28/2011Association

Researchers studying driving habits and accident rates among the elderly found that a majority support age-based competency tests.

Driving Simulators Help Older Adults Improve Their Road SkillsNational01/14/2011Association

Older drivers could benefit from training programs that put them behind the wheel -- in a driving simulator, with an observer who helps them develop their skills, according to a new article.

Cognitive Training Decreases Motor Vehicle Collision Involvement of Older DriversAlabama, Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania, National11/04/2010University

This study was done to test cognitive training and motor vehicle collision in senior drivers.

Improving Driving Performance of Senior Drivers Through Self-Monitoring with a Driving DiaryNational07/28/2009Association

This study investigated whether self-monitoring of driving by use of driving would improve driving performance in senior drivers.

International Older Driver Consensus Conference on Assessment, Remediation and Counseling for Transportation Alternatives: Summary and RecommendationsNational07/28/2009Association

In 2003, 63 international experts on older driver issues met to examine three critical issues related to the safe mobility of senior drivers.

NCHRP Vol. 9 Report 500National04/08/2009Nonprofit Organization

This report of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program/Transportation Research Board provides a comprehensive guide to reducing crashes involving older drivers, and details effective engineering solutions and relative costs.

Designing In-Vehicle Technologies for Older DriversNational03/01/2009University

New in-vehicle systems must be designed for users who receive no training in how to use them and whose cognitive and sensory abilities vary.

Do Older Drivers At-Risk for Crashes Modify Their Driving Over Time?National02/04/2009Association

Restricted driving was present at baseline for the at-risk group and was observed in longitudinal trajectories that controlled for baseline differences.

Harnessing New Technology To Keep Older People Behind The Wheel For LongerNational09/20/2008Association

A new study has highlighted the key role technology could play in extending the age at which people can drive safely on our roads.

Factors Leading to Older Drivers’ Intersection CrashesNational09/01/2008Association

Older drivers are overinvolved in intersection crashes compared with younger drivers, but the reasons are not clearly understood. The purpose of the present study was to identify the factors that lead to older drivers' intersection crashes.

The Relationship Between Self-Regulation and Driving-Related Abilities in Older Drivers: An Exploratory StudyNational07/07/2008Association

The objectives of this paper are to review the published research findings about the role of self-regulation in older driver safety. 

Crash Risk of Older Drivers After Attending a Mature Driver Education ProgramNational11/01/2007Association

This study was done to determine if crash rates would lessen after post-license education in senior drivers.

Senior Drivers Less Likely Than Youngest Drivers To Cause Accidents, Study FindsNational07/23/2007Association

Drivers 65 and older are just 1/3 as likely as drivers 15 to 24 to cause auto accidents, and not much more likely than drivers 25 to 64 to cause accidents. 

Senior Drivers Aren’t Unsafe DriversNational07/19/2007Association

The article follows up with information on a new study that “found that drivers aged 65 and older are only about 16 percent likelier to cause a crash than drivers aged 25 to 64.”

Evaluation of Two Assessment Tools in Predicting Driving Ability of Senior DriversNational03/01/2007Association

To evaluate Motor Free Visual Perceptual Test (MVPT) and Clock Drawing Task (clock test) as quick assessment tools in predicting driving capability of senior drivers for an on-road driving test.

Driving Cessation: The Perspective of Senior DriversNational08/03/2006Association

An educational intervention to aid older drivers in self‐evaluating driving skills and coping with the driving cessation dilemma is proposed.

Giving Up Driving May Be Express Lane To Long-term CareNational, Maryland07/19/2006Association

Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that elders who stay behind the wheel are less likely to enter nursing homes or assisted living centers than those who have never driven or who have given up driving altogether.

Collisions Involving Senior Drivers: High-risk Conditions and LocationsNational07/01/2006Association

This study was conducted to better understand the characteristics of crashes involving senior drivers 65 and older.

Determining Older Driver Crash Responsibility from Police and Insurance DataNational08/08/2005Association

This study aims to determine the extent to which older drivers can be considered responsible for their crashes.

Impact of an Educational Program on the Safety of High-risk Older DriversNational04/01/2004Association

This study was done to determine if an individualized educational program to enhance driver safety skills would reduce the crash rate risk in senior drivers.

Older Driver Safety: A Report from the Older Drivers ProjectNational12/03/2003Association

This report was created out of the growing public concern regarding senior drivers and their crash rates.

Pedestrian Signal Safety for Older PersonsNational06/01/2003Nonprofit Organization

This report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studied the walking speed of older pedestrians, and suggested ways to improve signal timing to improve safety while not increasing congestion.

Driving and Alternatives: Older Drivers in MichiganMichigan01/01/2003Association

This paper shows the results of a statewide telephone conducted in Michigan of drivers and former drivers ages 65 and older on their transportation mode choices and whether they planned for when they could no longer drive.

Evaluating the Impact of Passengers on the Safety of Older DriversKentucky01/01/2003Association

Overall, the presence of two or more passengers was found to negatively impact the probability that drivers 75 years of age or older were at fault in crashes.

A Pocket Guide to Improve Traffic Control and Mobility for Our Older PopulationNational01/01/2003US Department of Transportation

This pocket guide helps transportation professionals consider the needs of an aging population and covers three key areas -- intersections/interchanges, curves, and temporary traffic control situations (e.g., workzones).

The SIMARD Screening Tool to Identify Unfit Drivers. Are We There Now?National03/15/2001Association

Dobbs and Schopflocher published an article in which they introduced a tool to identify people who are unfit to drive because of cognitive impairment.

Consequences of Driving Cessation Decreased Out-of-Home Activity LevelsConnecticut, National11/01/2000Association

This study shows how out-of-home activity decreased in seniors once they stopped driving.

Effectiveness of Pretensioners And Load Limiters for Enhancing Fatality Reduction By Seat BeltsNational11/01/2000US Department of Transportation

NHTSA’s Technical Report Documentation on the effectiveness of pretensioners and load limiters for enhancing fatality reduction by seat belts.

Characteristics of Traffic Crashes Among Young, Middle-aged, and Older DriversNational05/01/1999Association

This is a study of the varying characteristics of car crashes among young, middle-aged and older drivers.

Driving Cessation and Changes in Mileage Driven Among Elderly IndividualsNational09/01/1998Association

This is a study of driving cessation among seniors and the changes in mileage driven among the elderly.

Confidence In, and Self-rating Of, Driving Ability Among Older DriversConnecticut05/01/1998Association

Active drivers in a representative cohort of older individuals age 77 years and older in New Haven, Connecticut were interviewed. 

Illinois: Impact from Changes in IL Drivers License Renewal Requirements for Older DriversIllinois01/01/1998Association

This report shows the impact in Illinois when the driver's license renewal length shortened from 4 to 2 years for those ages 81-86 and 1 year for those ages 87 and up.

Compensation in Older Drivers as Reflected in Their Fatal AccidentsNational02/01/1994Association

To estimate safety effects of compensatory changes in the driving behavior of older drivers (age 65+), their fatal accidents were compared with those of young and middle-aged drivers (26-40 years) in different situations.

Cognitive-Motor Abilities of the Elderly DriverNational02/01/1992Association

This article reviews information the effects of old age on motor abilities as it relates to driving behavior.

Vision, Aging, and Driving: The Problems of Older DriversNational01/01/1992Association

This research was done on adults ages 22-92 years old in regard to their visual difficulties when driving and performing everyday tasks

Visual Requirements for Safety and Mobility of Older DriversNational10/01/1991Nonprofit Organization

This paper was done to assess visual deterioration with aging and how to deal with issues in visual functions and driving.

Differences in Accident Characteristics Among Elderly Drivers and Between Elderly and Middle-aged DriversNational10/01/1990Association

A total of 5,853 elderly drivers, aged 55 and over, and 8,210 middle-aged drivers 36–50 years old, all of whom were involved in accidents during 1986, were compared using discriminant function and univariate techniques.

Cardiovascular Disease, Aging and Traffic AccidentsCalifornia08/01/1967State Department of Transportation

Mean individual traffic accident and violation rates were compared for 267 “healthy” drivers and 82 senile persons. 

The Road To Zero Coalition NationalNonprofit Organization

The Road to Zero Coalitinon, managed by the NSC, released a comprehensive report laying out strategies to end roadway deaths in the U.S by 2050

Older Driver Screening and EvaluationsNationalAssociation

This link is to a 24-minute podcast disccusion focuses on the value of occupational therapy on older driver rehabilitation, safety and mobility.

Associations Between Vision Impairment and Driving and the Effectiveness of Vision Related Interventions NationalNews

Driving is one of the main modes of transport with safe driving requiring a combination of visual, cognitive, and physical skills. 

Helping Elders Retire From DrivingNationalAssociation

Today’s Geriatric Medicine published an article on how caregivers, family members, and physicians can help elders retire from driving.

Roadway Safety GuideNationalNonprofit Organization

This community-oriented Guide is published by the Roadway Safety Foundation to help communicate key engineering and road design principles to lay audiences. It is a comprehensive resource and free of charge.