- Understanding Older Drivers: An Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use, and Travel Behavior
- Summary: The AAA Foundation has embarked on a long-term study of older drivers that aims to answer key questions about medical conditions, medication usage, travel behaviors, and mobility options for seniors who no longer drive. With preparations for the multiyear study now underway, this report was designed to examine two existing databases in order to establish baseline information on what we know now about these issues.
- Final Report
- Fact sheet
- Presentation Slides
- Older American Drivers and Traffic Safety Culture: A LongROAD Study
- Summary: As older people remain healthier for longer, driving will undoubtedly continue to play a major role in their ability to stay mobile, independent, and engaged in their community. Hence, there is a need to better understand and delineate the changes that occur in the attitudes and perceptions of older drivers as they continue to age. The majority of previous studies have treated drivers aged 65 and older as a single group. However, “older senior drivers” (e.g., ages 80 and older) might differ in important ways from “younger senior drivers.” The purpose of the research reported here was to examine the extent and nature of the variability in driving behaviors and safety-related attitudes among drivers ages 65-69, 70-74, and 75+, using data from the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index survey.
- Final report
- Fact sheet
Other work we have completed on older drivers, but not directly related to the ongoing LongROAD effort:
- Driver License Renewal Policies and Fatal Crash Involvement Rates of Older Drivers
- Summary: Many states attempt to protect older drivers and the people with whom they share the road by enacting various license renewal policies and laws. Examples can include requiring in-person renewals, mandating that physicians report patients that they suspect may not be able to drive safely given medical diagnoses, or administering certain exams or tests at the time of renewal. Still, relatively little information exists about the effectiveness of such policies at reducing crash rates. In this report, the AAA Foundation has analyzed 27 years of data from each of 46 states in order to study this issue. Among the clearest findings: requiring in-person renewals reduces fatal crash involvement rates by a statistically significant 9% for drivers ages 55 and older.
- Final Report
- Fact sheet
- Keeping Seniors Safe and Mobile - An Evaluation of a Local Drive Test Option
- AAA Foundation study shows drivers with special license have lower crash rate than general population
- Final Report
- Related Report: “Driver Licensing Policies and Practices: Gearing Up for an Aging Population”
- 2009 Older Adults' Knowledge About Medications That Can Impact Driving
- Summary: Using a cross-sectional survey this project provided information regarding senior drivers knowledge of the potential impact that prescription and over the counter medication use has on their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This study yielded new information about knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors of people age 55 and over with respect to medications and driving.
- Final Report
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
is an alliance of consumer, health, and safety groups and insurance companies and agents that seeks to educate the public, the press, and policymakers about the need for improved highway and auto safety regulations. This site offers information on state laws, legislative alerts, polls on highway safety issues, and other reports.
The DOT Auto Safety Hotline
specializes in gathering information about safety problems in motor vehicles and equipment. The Hotline can be dialed toll free at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236). In operation since 1975, the Hotline provides information about motor vehicle safety, child safety seats, vehicle importation and certification, and airbags. Consumers may also speak with a consultant to file reports on vehicle safety defects and provide recall and other valuable information.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
, part of the US Department of Transportation, oversees federal funding for the construction and improvement of highways, urban and rural roads, and bridges. In the area of safety, FHWA conducts research on safety practices and technologies for all phases of highway design and operations, focusing on ways to improve intersections, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, run-off-road safety, and speed management.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
, formerly part of the Federal Highway Administration, oversees commercial motor vehicle safety. FMCSA activities include enforcement of safety regulations, targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers, improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies, strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards, and increasing safety awareness.
The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC)
at UNC conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. Research examines motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian crashes, taking into account human, vehicular, roadway and environmental factors. Center researchers investigate issues that may affect future legislation and policies, including: driver distraction, graduated driver licensing, the role of alcohol in crashes, elderly driving issues, occupant restraint use, roadway design, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The Injury Prevention Web (IPW)
is an advertising-free site supported by the Center for Injury Prevention Policy and Practice at San Diego State University. It contains data on injury occurrence in each of the 50 US states, prevention information, policy recommendations, and a resources section with links to government and nonprofit sites worldwide. The IPW links to groups with a focus on a large variety of fields: codes and standards, education, ergonomics, fire prevention, industrial safety, interior design, legislation and litigation, public health, traffic safety, product safety, disasters, and more.
Insurance Research Council (IRC)
is an independent, nonprofit research organization supported by property and casualty insurance companies and associations. IRC conducts research to assist insurers and the general public in reaching sound decisions on legislative and regulatory issues.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
, part of the US Department of Transportation, administers federal laws relating to motor vehicle and highway safety. Available on this site are crash statistics, vehicle safety ratings from the agency's frontal and side impact test programs, vehicle safety regulations and standards, recall announcements, and a wide range of other consumer and technical information.
The NETS mission is to reduce traffic crashes involving America's workers and their families by helping employers implement well-developed policies, dynamic workplace programs, and compelling community activities related to traffic safety. Government and industry leaders created the organization to address the human and economic impact of traffic crashes on the nation's workforce as well as their families and communities.
Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS)
, a research partnership between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies, is the country's largest research project devoted to children in crashes. Site includes PCPS research findings, educational resource materials, and multimedia information for parents/caregivers on the basics of child passenger safety.
Roadway Safety Foundation
is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing highway deaths and injuries by improving the physical design and condition of roadways.
US Department of Transportation (DOT)
is the federal agency responsible for overall national policy for all transportation modes (air, rail, marine, and road). DOT agencies with an interest in highway safety include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.