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Transport safety for older drivers: A study of the experiences, perceptions and management needs

Peel, Nancye, Steinberg, Margaret A., & Westmoreland, Jacky (2000) Transport safety for older drivers: A study of the experiences, perceptions and management needs. In Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference, 26-28 November 2000, Brisbane, Queensland.

Abstract

The study aimed to identify transport options and licensing issues for older Queenslanders across a range of cognitive functioning. Ninety-five participants aged 75 and over were interviewed about their driving status and accident record and tested for cognitive ability. After stratification on cognitive level and driver status (current, ex-driver or non-driver), 30 were selected for further in-depth interview concerning demographics, licence status and impact of change, travel options available and used, and travel characteristics.

Considerable reliance on the motor vehicle as the mode of transport and the decision to cease driving were major quality of life issues. There was little evidence of planning and support in making the decision to stop driving. Although significant differences in transport decisions on the basis of cognitive level were not detected, people with severely compromised cognitive ability (eg unable to give informed consent) had been excluded. The study suggested the need for resources to assist older people/carers/health professionals to plan for transition from driver to non-driver and manage alternative transport options more effectively.

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ID Code: 9750
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sensory Processes Perception and Performance (170112)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
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 > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Personality Abilities and Assessment (170109)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 02:48

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