Event Title

Crashing Under Pressure: An Examination of Older Driver’s Reactions to Simulated Challenging Road Events

Location

Stevenson, Washington

Date

11-7-2007

Session

Session 8 – Posters

Abstract

The driving reactions of 20 older and 20 young adults to two surprising events with varying levels of complexity was examined. Cognitive measures of workload, divided attention and reaction time were also collected. The results revealed that older adults experienced more difficulties when confronted with a surprising event that was more complex and required a rapid reaction. Crash risk was found to be associated with self-reported cognitive workload and divided attention (UFOV) results. The obtained results are in line with current cognitive mode ls of the aging driver.

Rights

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DC Citation

Proceedings of the Fourth International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, July 9-12, 2007, Stevenson, Washington. Iowa City, IA: Public Policy Center, University of Iowa, 2007: 438-445.

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Crashing Under Pressure: An Examination of Older Driver’s Reactions to Simulated Challenging Road Events

Stevenson, Washington

The driving reactions of 20 older and 20 young adults to two surprising events with varying levels of complexity was examined. Cognitive measures of workload, divided attention and reaction time were also collected. The results revealed that older adults experienced more difficulties when confronted with a surprising event that was more complex and required a rapid reaction. Crash risk was found to be associated with self-reported cognitive workload and divided attention (UFOV) results. The obtained results are in line with current cognitive mode ls of the aging driver.