Visual Scanning Training for Older Drivers

In 2013, 14% of the U.S. population was 65 or older; however, this population accounted for 17% of driver fatalities. Previous National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) research showed that the oldest drivers, those in their 70s, and to a greater extent those 80 and older, were more likely than middle-aged drivers to have made an error that contributed to the crash. These errors often involved failure to obey traffic control devices or to yield to oncoming traffic. In most instances the older driver simply failed to notice the hazard. A 2013 NHTSA report, “Validation of Rehabilitation Training Programs for Older Drivers,” examined a group of older drivers who completed Visual Treatment Protocol (VTP) training, which was designed to help older adults gather more visual information from the driving environment. The training method showed promise in improving driver performance and could be administered by Occupational Therapists without the relatively scarce Driver Rehabilitation Specialist credential. The goal of this project is to extend the 2013 findings for VTP described above to explore the training method's effect on an older driver's ability to make use of visual stimuli in the driving environment. If the training’s effectiveness can be substantiated, it could provide a lower cost, readily available refresher training method for reducing crash risk, particularly for multiple vehicle crashes that the data show are particularly problematic for older drivers.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $545,866
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTNH2216D00016/0002

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Performing Organizations:

      TransAnalytics, LLC

      336 West Broad Street
      Quakertown, PA  United States  18951
    • Start Date: 20160914
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Older Driver

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01612994
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH2216D00016/0002
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Oct 5 2016 5:34PM