Transportation Needs of the Older Driver: Final Report

Report No: 93-R14

Published in 1993

About the report:

A growing percentage of all drivers are aged 55 and older. The findings of a number of safety studies have also fostered national interest in older driver issues. The needs and problems of Virginia drivers age 55 and older were identified in 10 focus group discussions and 100 in-depth telephone interviews. Respondents described a number of roadway information problems, which were often attributed to a lack of advance warning signs, confusing sign content, and not enough informational redundancy. Visibility problems caused by poor sight distances, inclement weather, night, and large trucks were another major concern. Complex driving environments created by heavy traffic, high speeds, and other factors were a problem for many older drivers. Finally, "expectancy violations," often caused by other drivers' behavior, were a common problem. These findings replicate those of previous studies, as does the finding that older Virginia drivers often engage in "self-regulating" behaviors. The research on older driver interventions was also reviewed. The evidence related to reductions in older driver accidents has been largely inconclusive; data limitations have often been a problem.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Randolph G. Atkins, Amy A. O'Leary, Ph.D.

Last updated: December 24, 2023

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