Better designed roadway intersections can boost older drivers' performance

Changes in roadway intersection design can keep older drivers safer and on the road longer, report University of Florida researchers in the current issue of Traffic Injury Prevention.

Wider road shoulders, right-turn lanes that allow drivers to merge into traffic without stopping and angle intersections no sharper than 90 degrees all led to better driving performance by older and younger drivers involved in a UF study of roadway intersection design.

I think the research shows early support that environmental enhancements are conducive to older driver safety and improved performance, said principal investigator Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions department of occupational therapy. But what we found is that it didnt just benefit older drivers, it benefited the younger drivers involved in the study, some of whom were between the ages of 35 and 54, which is also the safest group of drivers.

In 2003 about one in seven licensed drivers was 65 or older. By 2029, that proportion is expected to rise to one in four drivers, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although drivers 65 and older have lower rates of crashes than younger drivers, they are at higher risk for injury or death because of increased fragility.

The UF study is the first to test the Federal Highway Administrations proposed guidelines for highway design to increase safe driving ability of older drivers. Released in 2001, the guidelines include recommendations for four categories of roadway design. The UF researchers, members of the colleges National Older Driver Research and Training Center, focused on the recommendations for intersections in urban areas because of the high prevalence of crashes associated with them.

The study included 71 participants 39 younger drivers between the ages of 25 and 45, and 32 older drivers, aged 65 and older. Each completed a one-hour road course

Contact: Jill Pease
University of Florida

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Better mobility keeps seniors healthier
2. Better insight into brain anatomical structures
3. Better health twice as likely for nonsmokers who live and work with smoking restrictions
4. Better strategies for osteoporosis prevention and therapy
5. Better review of new technology is needed to reduce health costs
6. Better training needed to reduce emergency caesareans
7. Better after-school snack choices boost nutrition for low-income kids, UC Davis research confirms
8. Outcomes of patients in trials; Better blood pressure treatment; Snake bites, and more
9. Better survival seen for early breast cancer patients switched from tamoxifen to Aromasin
10. Better regulation needed for ethical research in Africa
11. Better procedures needed on care of prisoners in hospitals

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Matrix IT Medical Tracking Systems LLC, a ... world’s first sterile field scanner. , The TRACTUS platform was developed, ... Unique Device Identifier (UDI) Final Rule, which will require manufacturers to directly mark ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... October 09, 2015 , ... Cambias Insurance Agency, a family ... initiating a combined charity effort with Animal Rescue New Orleans in an effort ... , Animal Rescue New Orleans is a non-profit organization committed to rescuing and ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) , ... October 09, 2015 , ... ... 12-17, observes Mental Illness Awareness Week. For many teenagers facing mental illness, the stigma ... the help they need. , ViewPoint Center understands the importance of supporting teens ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... October 09, 2015 , ... Amada Senior Care, ... its newest office in Maryland – its Bethesda location. Amada franchise ... a project management technology consultant to many of the largest construction firms in ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... ... , ... A variety of race options will be available for the Run 4 Recovery sponsored ... at Al Lopez Park, 4810 North Himes Avenue, in Tampa. The family friendly event will ... run or walk and a one-mile walk, followed by an award ceremony at 10 a.m. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/9/2015)... -- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRX ) today announced ... Society of Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) meeting to be held October ... the Lingotto Congress Centre in Turin, Italy ... medicine practitioners in the world with over 2000 delegates in ... previously announced phase 2 bunionectomy trial will also be included.  ...
(Date:10/9/2015)...   --> --> Phase ... San Diego, California , by Dr. Tom Lyon , ... Center, on 9 th October 2015 at 8:30a.m. PDT. ... Tom Lyon , Director of Orthopaedics and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma, ... 8:30a.m. PDT. --> Kuros Biosurgery AG, a biotechnology company ...
(Date:10/8/2015)... Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) today ... in Sierra Leone of a preventive ... Trial recruitment is underway, and the first volunteers have received ... of Janssen,s Ebola prime-boost vaccine regimen in a West African ... Sierra Leone,s Kambia district, where some of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: