Do Demographics and Functional Abilities Influence Vehicle Type Driven by Older Canadians?

Candrive (the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly) baseline data (n = 928; aged 70 to 94; 62% were men) was examined in this study in order to determine whether driver characteristics (i.e., age, gender, height, weight, BMI) and certain functional abilities (i.e., Rapid Paced Walk, Timed Up and Go) were an influence on the types of vehicles driven. With respect to type of vehicle and mean driver age (F = 3.58, p = 0.003), height, (F = 13.32, p < 0.001), weight (F = 14.31, p < 0.001), and BMI (F = 4.40, p = 0.001), there were significant differences. Small and medium-sized cars, compared to larger ones, were driven by a greater proportion of drivers with osteoporosis (?2 = 21.23, p = 0.020) and osteo/rheumatoid arthritis (?2 = 21.23, p = 0.020). In order to examine older driver-vehicle interactions and the relationship to demographics and functional abilities, given the vulnerability of this age group to automotive-related injuries, further research is needed.

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    • Vrkljan, Brenda
    • Crizzle, Alexander
    • Villeneuve, Simon
    • Porter, Michelle
    • Koppel, Sjaan
    • Mazer, Barbara L
    • Naglie, Gary
    • Bédard, Michel
    • Tuokko, Holly A
    • Gélinas, Isabelle
    • Marshall, Shawn C
    • Rapoport, Mark J
  • Publication Date: 2016-6

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  • Accession Number: 01607011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2016 1:35PM