Improving older drivers' hazard perception ability

Mark S. Horswill, Cut Nurul Kemala, Mark Wetton, Charles T. Scialfa, Nancy A. Pachana

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Abstract

One reason that older drivers may have elevated crash risk is because they anticipate hazardous situations less well than middle-aged drivers. Hazard perception ability has been found to be amenable to training in young drivers. This article reports an experiment in which video-based hazard perception training was given to drivers who were between the ages of 65 and 94 years. Trained participants were significantly faster at anticipating traffic hazards compared with an untrained control group, and this benefit was present even after the authors controlled for pretraining ability. If future research shows these effects to be robust, the implications for driver training and safety are significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-469
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology and Aging
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Anticipatory skill
  • Driving
  • Older adults
  • Stroop test
  • Useful field of view

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