On-Road Assessment of Driving Performance in Bilateral Vestibular-Deficient Patients

This study measured on-road driving behavior in subjects with bilateral vestibular loss (BVL). Data included point-of-regard, gaze stability, and head movement during complex maneuvers such as changing lanes, cornering, pulling into traffic, and parking. Subjective and objective measures showed few differences between BVL subjects and age-matched controls, and that it is possible to drive well with little or no peripheral vestibular functions. This has important implications for driver licensing, road safety policy, and for the potential successful rehabilitation of vestibular patients. Patients with unilateral vestibular dysfunction may have more difficulty driving than their bilateral counterparts.

  • Authors:
    • MacDougall, Hamish G
    • Moore, Steven T
    • Black, Ross A
    • Jolly, Neryla
    • Curthoys, Ian S
  • Publication Date: 2009-5


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  • Accession Number: 01141915
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2009 1:56PM