Validation of Rehabilitation Programs for Older Drivers

Shifts in the age distribution of the population will result in increased numbers of older drivers over the next few decades. While many older adults maintain confidence in their driving skills as they age, others become concerned about the effects of age related changes on their driving performance. A number of programs marketed to older drivers claim to improve driving related skills that decline with age. Some of these programs are computer based products that focus on cognitive or perceptual processing skills while others involve lessons with a professional instructor who can evaluate and retrain drivers' habits or classroom courses that focus on rules of the road and strategies to address age related functional changes. While the number of older driver training programs seems to be increasing, it is unclear how effective these programs are in reducing crashes and citations among this population. The goal of this project is to obtain information about the efficacy of a variety of older driver training program types in improving the driving performance of older adults.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See DOT HS 811 749 "Validation of Rehabilitation Training Programs for Older Drivers" and DOT HS 811 771 "Training for Healthy Older Drivers"


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $415425.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Sifrit, Kathy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    910 Raleigh Rd  
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27517-9100
  • Start Date: 20090918
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130500
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Older Driver

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01490702
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-07-D-00049
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2013 1:01AM