Perceived Risk of Loss of Driving & Alternative Mobility Planning

Driving is the primary mode of transportation for the vast majority of adults in the United States and losing the ability to drive is a major threat to older adults’ independence, especially those living in low-density areas. Losing the ability to drive is a risk often less considered when thinking about older age. However, it may have a major impact on people’s lives and may incorporate additional risks such as social isolation or the need to move. This research aims at understanding people’s perceptions of risks related to a future loss of driving and their attitudes and plans around alternative mobility options such as dependence on spouses, friends or public transportation, but also the use of ride shares or self-driving cars. This research also aims at investigating potential interventions to influence people’s perceptions and attitudes, which in turn may support them in planning for older age.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $150000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Special Programs Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Coughlin, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Raue, Martina

  • Start Date: 20180901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01706605
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC13
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 28 2019 1:29PM