Older drivers' knowledge of vehicle safety and their vehicles

Vehicle safety provides a significant capacity to offer safety benefits for older people in the event of a crash. As people age, their level of frailty increases, resulting in the increased susceptibility to serious injury or death in the event of a crash. This paper will explore the relative knowledge and awareness of vehicle safety by older people in Victoria, Australia. From this, the issue of vehicle purchase decisions/intent will be explored, and the age/type of vehicle they currently drive. The road safety implications of these findings are discussed, and recommendations are made about how older people can be better informed about the importance of vehicle safety. Older drivers and drivers more generally, need to be informed, and perhaps persuaded, about the benefits of vehicle safety features in providing protection in the event of a crash. The literature suggests that encouraging older people to drive safer vehicles has the potential to reduce their injury severity/fatality risk, and that of their passengers, in the event of a crash.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers, August 7-10, 2005, Melbourne, Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01387498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 12:04AM