When and why older drivers give up driving

P. Rabbitt, A. Carmichael, Steve Jones, C. Holland

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    Research shows that as people grow older they become more likely to be involved in road accidents. The report describes a large survey of the demography, health, attitudes and driving habits of older motorists to investigate the problems they may face, to consider changes in their driving skills and discover the factors leading to them giving up or continue driving longer than they may wish. A driving questionnaire and the abbreviated Cornell Medical Index was completed by 2134 subjects, both drivers and ex-drivers. The sample comprised 55 per cent men (mean age 71.4 years) and 45 per cent women (mean age 68.4 years). Attempts were made to determine how well drivers can monitor their own behaviour and their likely acceptance of a range of possible measures for the assessment and regulation of driving. Attitudes were explored to determine the extent that they felt the responsibility for continuing driving should rest with health professionals.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherAA Foundation for Road Safety Research
    Number of pages76
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


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