Exploring older drivers’ perceptions of driving

Musselwhite, C. and Haddad, H. (2010) Exploring older drivers’ perceptions of driving. European Journal of Ageing, 7 (3). pp. 181-188. ISSN 1613-9372 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/10513

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This research uses grounded theory to assess the driving needs of 29 older car drivers using four data collection techniques (two waves of focus groups, an interview and a driver diary). Findings suggest that older drivers view themselves as having better driving skills and attitude towards driving compared to when they were younger and compared to other drivers. In addition, they have a good ability to adapt to their changing physiology. Nevertheless, they report difficulty in assessing their own driving ability and cite they would like help to increase self-awareness about the driving task. In addition the participants report having increasing difficulty in not having enough time to read, compute and comprehend road signs, maintaining a constant speed at the speed-limit, increased tiredness and fatigue and increased sensitivity to glare. The findings suggest given an iterative, qualitative methodology where driving issues are focused upon, older drivers can become more self-aware of their driving limitations and discuss these in the context of ageing physiology.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
Uncontrolled Keywords:ageing, driver behaviour, travel behaviour, social psychology, self-awareness, older people
ID Code:10513
Deposited By: J. Triggle
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 15:39
Last Modified:06 Oct 2017 08:14

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