Improving the safety of older truck drivers: Developing a framework for moving forward

Lisa Molnar, David Eby, Sharon Newnam, Jennifer Zakrajsek, Sjaanie Narelle Koppel, Daniel Blower, Sharon Conklin, Daniel Crecca

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The overarching goal of this project was to contribute to a reduction in crashes among older truck drivers. The project represents the starting point for developing a program that can be used by older truck drivers and trucking company management to keep older truck drivers on the road for as long as they can safely drive. The specific aims of this project were to: 1) conduct an analysis of truck crash data to identify risk factors that contribute to crashes among older truck drivers; 2) conduct a brief review of the literature to identify existing preventive strategies in the trucking industry; 3) conduct a series of group and individual structured interviews with older truck drivers and trucking company management; and 4) develop the conceptual framework for a needs assessment tool designed to improve the safety management of older drivers in the trucking industry. Results are discussed for each of the project aims. Collectively, results from the literature review, crash data analysis, and interviews with safety managers and rivers suggest that a tailored needs assessment tool could bring value to the trucking industry.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Atlas Center
Commissioning bodyThe Atlas Center
Number of pages50
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Older truck drivers
  • truck crashes
  • safety managers

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