A total of 140 male car drivers who at the time of being granted a license were 58 years of age or older were investigated with regard to frequency of road accidents and serious traffic offences during the first two license-holding years. The aim was to try to throw light on the importance for road safety of the reduction of capacity in the higher ages, especially for persons who began to drive when elderly. The road accident and traffic-offence frequency of these elderly drivers was compared with the corresponding feequencies during the first two driving-license years for drivers who at the time of receiving their licences were aged 55-57 and 38-42 years, respectively. The investigated 140 drivers were not involved in any road accident during the first two driving-license years. Only one driver committed a serious traffic offence. The corresponding frequencies in the two control groups are 7 and 6 accidents and/or traffic offences respectively. In a questionnaire enquiry the oldest group of drivers stated shorter annual distances driven than did the two control groups. Multiple regression analysis has not, however, revealed any correlation between accidents and distance or type of driving. Thus in the present investigation elderly new drivers do not constitute an increased risk in traffic. It appears probable that the increased caution and judgment which characterize elderly persons compensate well for the reduction of capacity caused by age. This investigation, however, provides no information on the degree to which self-selection has brough forward the best driving-license applicants. An investigation of the number of days' sickness notified for some of the elderly drivers provide no basis for assuming that they have been notably healthier than a twin population. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Almqvist and Wiksell International

    Gamla Brogatan 15-17, P.O. Box 62
    S-101 20 Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Ysander, L
  • Publication Date: 1970

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  • Accession Number: 00099010
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM