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.
Koppel, S., Charlton, J. L., Hua, P., Liu, P. Y., Pham, H., Bus, B., Stephan, K., Logan, D., & St Louis, R. M. (2018). Are older drivers’ driving patterns during an on-road driving task representative of their real-world driving? Innovation in Aging, 2(S1), 562. https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igy023.2078