Are There Alternatives to Scrutinising Elderly Drivers?

As a prerequisite to continue driving at a certain age, several European Union (EU) member states impose regular health checks or fitness-to-drive screenings. In Austria, where no age limits exist for drivers, the KFV (Austrian Road Safety Board) has developed voluntary risk competence trainings for elderly motorists. It is the first time that risk competence – an approach that originates from the field of drug prevention among adolescents – is used to improve road safety for the group of the elderly. Instructors are selected following the peer-to-peer education principle and receive special training. The goal is to encourage critical self-assessment in the light of gradual loss of cognitive and motoric skills and/or focus on enhancing individual strengths and compensation strategies. The training was piloted with 300 workshops and 3,000 participants in the time period between 2011 and 2013. The paper introduces the theoretical background and evaluation of the trainings and provides practical insights into the methods and tools applied.

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  • Accession Number: 01612652
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Jun 29 2016 8:37AM