Interaction between visual status, driver age and distracters on daytime driving performance

Wood, Joanne M., Chaparro, Alex, & Hickson, Louise (2009) Interaction between visual status, driver age and distracters on daytime driving performance. Vision Research, 49(17), pp. 2225-2231.

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This study investigated the effects of visual status, driver age and the presence of secondary distracter tasks on driving performance. Twenty young (M = 26.8 years) and 19 old (M = 70.2 years) participants drove around a closed-road circuit under three visual (normal, simulated cataracts, blur) and three distracter conditions (none, visual, auditory). Simulated visual impairment, increased driver age and the presence of a distracter task detrimentally affected all measures of driving performance except gap judgments and lane keeping. Significant interaction effects were evident between visual status, age and distracters; simulated cataracts had the most negative impact on performance in the presence of visual distracters and a more negative impact for older drivers. The implications of these findings for driving behaviour and acquisition of driving-related information for people with common visual impairments are discussed

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ID Code: 29576
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Driving, Visual Impairement, Age, Distracters
DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2009.06.017
ISSN: 0042-6989
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2010 22:25
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:07

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