Author(s): Herriotts P
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Abstract The proportion of older people in the population is rising, as is the proportion of older women driving licence holders. The needs and abilities of older drivers therefore need to be considered in vehicle design. Following some initial focus groups an extensive nation-wide postal survey was conducted to ascertain the type and degree of problems associated with automotive design for older drivers and to guide further research into the most appropriate areas. Over a thousand questionnaires were received. Findings indicate that particular difficulties are experienced significantly more often by older drivers than younger drivers, in particular turning to look out of the rear window and getting in and out of the car. Reasons for these were ascertained and are reported here. The findings have guided a subsequent research project into the factors affecting ease of entry and exit by older drivers.
This article was published in Appl Ergon
and referenced in Journal of Ergonomics