OLDER DRIVERS ARE LESS DANGEROUS

In America, drivers aged 55 and over represent nearly a quarter of the driving population, but are involved in only 18% of accidents. However, those aged 75 and over, have higher than average accident rates. This is due to infrequent driving and the physical changes of ageing. These include: (1) slower physical reflexes; (2) changes to vision, decreasing peripheral vision; diminished ability to discern low contrast objects; (3) poor night driving. Several steps could be taken to improve sign posting in particular, to reduce the disadvantages older drivers have. These include: (a) enhanced retroreflectivity of signs and road markings; (b) better sign maintenance; (c) raised pavement reflectors; and (d) education and training programmes for the older drivers.

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    South African Road Safety Council

    NRSC Building, Beatrix Street, Private Bag 147X
    Pretoria 0001,   South Africa 
  • Authors:
    • -
  • Publication Date: 1990-1-2

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 22-23
  • Serial:
    • ROBOT
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS
    • ISSN: 0035-7391

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00605896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM