Integrated Tailored Driving Plan for Rural Seniors

Older adult drivers face many challenges as they age – physically, perceptually, and cognitively. These may affect their ability to drive, which is crucial, as well as their general mobility. Those older adults living in rural areas may face even greater impediments to mobility due to the lack of infrastructure or feasible alternative transportation options. Several tools exist to aid drivers or extend their capabilities in an effort to maintain mobility for longer periods of time. To date, these tools have not been applied or integrated in a systematic fashion for rural senior drivers. This effort will utilize available tools to create a customized driving plan for seniors. Once developed, the program will be implemented with 30 seniors and evaluated in a naturalistic data collection study. Participants will drive for one month, demonstrating patterns and concerns. The program will then be tailored and delivered for each. Their driving will then be monitored for two additional months to evaluate program efficacy. Results will highlight the importance of customized solutions that focus on specific needs rather than a blanket approach. The toolbox and technologies utilized will be considered a living document, one that can be altered based on emerging new technologies and learnings.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $600000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility

      North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
      Greensboro, NC  United States  27411

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      North Carolina A&T State University

      1601 E. Market Street
      Greensboro, NC  United States  27411
    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

      3500 Transportation Research Plaza
      Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061
    • Principal Investigators:

      Antin, Jon

    • Start Date: 20211001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01841345
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747125
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Apr 2 2022 11:12AM