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TitleSelf regulation of driving and its relationship to driving ability among older adults
AuthorsBaldock MRJ, Mathias JL, McLean AJ, Berndt A
Year2004
TypeConference Paper
AbstractAlthough it is known that older drivers limit their driving, it is not known whether this self-regulation is related to actual driving ability, A sample of 104 older drivers, aged between 60 and 92 completed a questionnaire about driving habits and attitudes. Ninety of these drivers also completed a structured on-road driving test. A measure of self-regulation was derived from drivers9 self-reported avoidance of difficult driving situations. The on-road driving test involved a standard assessment used to determine fitness to drive. Of the 90 participants who completed the driving assessment, 68 passed the test, eight passed but were recommended to have driving lessons and 14 failed. Driving test scores for the study were based on the number of errors committed in the driving tests, with weightings given according to the seriousness of the errors. The most commonly avoided difficult driving situations were parallel parking and driving at night in the rain while the least avoided situation was driving alone. Poorer performance on the driving test was not strongly related to overall avoidance of difficult driving situations. Stronger relationships were found between driving ability and avoidance of specific difficult driving situations. These specific driving situations were the ones in which the drivers had low confidence and that the drivers were most able to avoid if they wished to. These results may reflect a tendency for those with poorer driving ability to lose confidence in their driving and begin to avoid difficult driving situations. However, there are a number of situations that drivers find difficult to avoid.
Conference Name3rd International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology
Conference LocationNottingham, United Kingdom
Conference Date5-9 September 2004
Page Count11
Noteshttp://www.psychology.nottingham.ac.uk/IAAPdiv13/ICTTP2004papers2/Ageing/Baldock.pdf

Reference
Baldock MRJ, Mathias JL, McLean AJ, Berndt A (2004) 'Self regulation of driving and its relationship to driving ability among older adults', 3rd International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 5-9 September 2004.