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Type: Journal article
Title: Visual attention as a predictor of on-road driving performance of older drivers
Author: Baldock, M.
Mathias, J.
McLean, A.
Berndt, A.
Citation: Australian Journal of Psychology, 2007; 59(3):159-168
Publisher: Australian Psychological Soc
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0004-9530
Organisation: Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR)
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Matthew Robert Justin Baldock, Jane Mathias, Jack McLean, Angela Berndt
Abstract: With increasing numbers of older drivers on Australian roads, it is important to determine the functional abilities most closely related to driving ability among older adults. To this end, 90 drivers aged from 60 to 91 completed a battery of psychological, visual, physical and cognitive tests, and a standardised on-road driving test. A computerised test of visual attention, devised specifically for the study, was the best predictor of on-road driving performance. Other abilities that made independent contributions to the prediction of driving performance were contrast sensitivity and visuospatial memory. These functional abilities provided a better prediction of driving performance than chronological age, reinforcing the argument that drivers should only have their driving tested when their functional abilities decline, rather than when they reach a particular age.
Keywords: Aged driver
Rights: © 2008 Informa plc
RMID: 0020074402
DOI: 10.1080/00049530701458035
Appears in Collections:Centre for Automotive Safety Research publications

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