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How do visual status and age impact on driving performance as measured on a closed circuit driving track?

Wood, Joanne M. (1999) How do visual status and age impact on driving performance as measured on a closed circuit driving track? Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 19(1), pp. 34-40.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of age and visual impairment on driving performance as measured on a closed circuit course. Sixty two subjects were tested, including young (< 30 years) visual normals, old (> 60 years) visual normals and old (> 60 years) subjects with early visual impairment. All subjects had a binocular visual acuity of 6/12 or better and were legally eligible to drive in Australia. Driving performance was assessed for sign detection and recognition, driving reaction times, speed estimation, and driving time. Age and early visual impairment had significant (P < 0.05) effects on sign detection and recognition, peripheral reaction times and driving time. This is of significance because all of the drivers drove regularly and were legally eligible to do so. The results also demonstrate that high contrast visual acuity is a poor predictor of the driving performance skills measured for this range of licensed drivers.

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ID Code: 11965
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
DOI: 10.1046/j.1475-1313.1999.00413.x
ISSN: 0275-5408
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2010 02:33

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