AS DRIVERS AGE... VISUAL CUES MUST CHANGE

In a study by the Transportation Research Board, 'Transportation in an Aging Society', it was determined that nearly 85% of trips by those 65 and over are now made in automobiles. It was found that a person's visual performance and cognitive ability diminish with age, and drivers over 75 are twice as likely to be in a crash. Persons over age 65 are most vulnerable. The study recommended the adoption of standards based on minimum required visibility needed by older drivers. It specified bigger, brighter and better maintained signs. Forty to 50 % of current road signage has no reflectivity. Better maintained and wider pavement markings and simplified intersections were also recommended.

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    American Road & Transportation Builders Association

    ARTBA Building, 1219 28th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20007-3389
  • Publication Date: 1990-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 12-13
  • Serial:
    • Transportation Builder
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
    • ISSN: 1043-4054

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00603395
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM