THE AGING DRIVER IN TODAY'S TRAFFIC: A CRITICAL REVIEW

This presentation provides an overview of the areas to be dealt with when considering the aging driver. Chronological age is a poor indicator of individual driving performance. The aging drivers accidents seem to be less serious by type, less frequent at above average speeds, and less connected with alcoholic intoxication than those of younger aged drivers. Behavioral deficiencies that occur with age are sensory reception, neural processing and transmission, and motor response. The aging driver has difficulty yielding the right of way, turning, and changing lanes. New signing and signaling systems should be tested with the aging driver in mind. Physical examination for license renewal is a good idea. The aging driver seems to have adapted better than one might expect to today's traffic. Further education of aging drivers about the probable effects of behavioral and medical deficiencies on the driving task may lead to even more effective compensation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was presented at the North Carolina Symposium on Highway Safety, at Chapel Hill October 19, 1972.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Safety Council

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    Chicago, IL  USA  60611
  • Authors:
    • Planek, T W
  • Publication Date: 1972-10-17

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 39 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127158
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM