Assessment of the Psychosocial Behavior Associated to Elderly Drivers to Reduce Their Involvement in Crashes

Older adults living in rural areas have less access to transportation than their urban counterparts. More rural dwelling older adults are dependent on their own private vehicles to have access to services and social events. Access to alternative transportation has been correlated to older adults voluntarily ceasing to drive. Prior to giving up driving, many older adults self-regulate their driving behaviors in response to changes associated with age, such as decreased mobility, cognition, and vision. Very little research has been done on comparison of self-regulatory behaviors between rural and urban older drivers and its impact on driver cessation. This proposal advances the goal of accessibility and community connectivity by assessing driver fitness and to provide education to rural dwelling older adults and their community on self-modifications to changes in functional abilities and to provide low tech adaptations to compensate for declines in physical capacities. The primary objective of this research is to determine whether rural older adults are less likely to self regulate their driving behaviors, and as a result cease from driving when they are not fit to drive, compared to urban dwelling older adults. The study will also examine whether urban-dwelling older adults are more likely to self-regulate their driving behaviors because they have more options for alternative transportation.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population

    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kobelo, Doreen

  • Start Date: 20140409
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141223
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36869

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  • Accession Number: 01530635
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC42, 004139-004485
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2014 1:01AM