The population of senior motorists on American roads is only expected to increase over the next decade. As the number of aging drivers on our streets increase, there are likely to be highway safety challenges that must be addressed. The AAA Foundation has decided to invest in research that specifically looks at the safety and transportation needs of senior American drivers.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is investing $12 million in the study being conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The grant will be used to study the motoring behavior, and safety factors involving senior motorists. The study will be conducted over a period of five years.
This study will specifically focus on a few core areas that seem to specifically impact motorist safety. Those areas include prescription drug use, and its impact on senior motorists, as well as the impact of deteriorating vision on senior drivers’ skills. The research will also look at the most effective techniques to get senior motorists to stop driving as their abilities to drive become impaired, as well as options for transportation for seniors who are no longer able to drive.
Everyone agrees that a senior motorist, whose driving abilities are becoming impaired, is better off in the passenger seat. However, very few studies have probed how to get senior motorists to give up their driving privileges, when it is clear that they can no longer drive safely, or how mobility needs of these senior citizens will continue to be met when they don't have the car keys anymore. It is a fact that seniors, who are no longer mobile, are at a much higher risk of declining mental health, and even symptoms of depression.
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