Are older drivers’ driving patterns during an on-road driving task representative of their real-world driving?

S. Koppel, J. L. Charlton, P. Hua, P. Y. Liu, H. Pham, B. Bus, K. Stephan, D. Logan, R. M. St Louis

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate whether older drivers’ driving patterns during an on-road driving task (eDOS) were representative of their real-world driving patterns. Two hundred and eight Ozcandrive participants (Male: 68.80%; Mean age: 81.52 years, SD = 3.37, Range: 76.00 – 96.00 years) completed an on-road driving task which was conducted in their vehicles and the driving route was on roads familiar to/chosen by them. Participants’ real-world driving patterns for a four-month period were collected via an in-car recording device. Participants drove for an average of 4.41km (IQR = 2.83–6.35 km) during their on-road driving task. The on-road driving task driving patterns of 122 participants (59%) fell within the 25th and 75th percentiles, and were therefore representative of real-world driving trips in terms of distance driven. These findings suggest that most older drivers are able to devise an on-road driving route that is representative of their real-world driving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562
Number of pages1
JournalInnovation in Aging
Volume2
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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