NEUROLOGICAL AGEING AND ITS EFFECT ON THE BEHAVIOUR OF OLDER DRIVERS

NEUROLOGISCHE ALTERUNGSPROZESSE UND IHR EINFLUSS AUF DAS VERHALTEN AELTERER MENSCHEN AM STEUER

MAN SUFFERS IMPAIRMENTS OF PERFORMANCE WITH INCREASING AGE: HIS ADAPTABILITY DECREASES, BUT THE EFFECTS OF AGEING OCCUR AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS. IN CONTRAST TO NATURAL AGEING, PATHOLOGICAL AGEING SOMETIMES CAUSES CHANGES IN PERSONALITY AND REDUCED CAPACITY EVEN FOR ROUTINE TASKS; A GREAT AGE MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH A DISINTEGRATION OF PERSONALITY AND MEMORY DEFECTS. APART FROM THESE CHANGES THERE ARE OTHERS CAUSED BY BLOOD DEFECTS, TREATMENT WITH DRUGS, ETC. THE AGEING PROCESS ALSO AFFECTS THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE OLDER DRIVER IN TRAFFIC. STUDIES OF A DRIVER'S OWN ESTIMATION OF HIS REACTION SHOWED THAT OLDER SUBJECTS OVERESTIMATED THEIR PERFORMANCE - THIS CAN LEAD TO RISKS IN EMERGENCIES. IN CONTRAST SOME OLDER DRIVERS ARE OVER-CAREFUL; THIS CAN LEAD TO WRONG BEHAVIOUR WHICH IN TURN LEADS TO ACCIDENTS INVOLVING OTHER ROAD USERS. IN GENERAL IT IS PROVED THAT DRIVING APTITUDE GRADUALLY DECREASES WITH INCREASING AGE. THE COVERING ABSTRACT FOR THE CONFERENCE IS IRRD NO 311241.

  • Authors:
    • LUECKING, C H
    • STRUPPLER, A
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • German

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  • Accession Number: 01289361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2010 1:44AM