older drivers

New study shows cataract surgery improves driving safety

By Yicong Yang Although alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving are the major sources of injuries and fatalities on the road, being able to see well cannot be underestimated. As drivers age, the occurrence of cataracts increases, and they can be a significant barrier to safe driving. A new

Transportation, Mobility, and Older Adults in Rural Michigan (University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Behavioral Sciences Group, 2012)

Mobility, or the ability to get from place to place, is important for everyone. Mobility enables people to conduct the activities of daily life, stay socially connected with their world, participate in activities that make life enjoyable, and maintain their quality of life. In the United States

Community Design and the Incidence of Crashes Involving Pedestrians and Motorists Aged 75 and Older (Texas Transportation Institute, 2012)

Contemporary community design practice has focused on strategies intended to make communities safe for families with children. Comparatively little attention has been given to its effects on older adults. This study examines how urban form may affect the incidence of  killed-or-severely-injured

Keeping Seniors Safe and Mobile: An Evaluation of a Local Drive Test Option (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2012)

The current study evaluated the safety and mobility consequences of one of these initiatives: the offering of local drive tests. Local drive tests (LDTs) are an alternative to standard road tests typically offered by state driver licensing agencies. LDTs allow some drivers who otherwise might not

Why “forgiving roadways” are not the solution in urban areas

Roadway designers since the 1960’s have used the concept of “forgiving highways.” This design philosophy attempts to “forgive” driver error on interstates and freeways by providing wide, obstacle-free clear zones, burying the end of roadside guardrails and flattening or rounding slopes

A less mobile future for America’s baby boomers

A new report by Transportation for America, Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation, investigates the growing problem of senior citizens who, having lived in car-dependent communities and “aged in place,” face isolation, economic

What will this tell us about boomer drivers?

Researchers at MIT have developed a suit – an actual garment – that mimics the effect of aging on the body. As described in “A Graying Population Spells Business Opportunity”: “The age-empathy suit comes from the M.I.T. AgeLab, where researchers designed Agnes to help product

Older driver program five-year strategic plan

With more than 32 million drivers currently over 65 years old, a number which is expected to grow to 40 million by 2020, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to enhance its ongoing older driver efforts to prevent crash fatalities and injuries. Its five-year strategic plan