The Perception of Pedestrians From the Perspective of Elderly and Experienced Drivers


The elderly population (typically defined as 65+ years old) is the relatively fastest growing age group in the population of the Western world. In addition, life expectancy increases and quality of life is constantly improving (Hakamies-Blomqvist et al., 2004). As a result, more drivers on the road are elderly. The variance in performance in most functions, of individuals over the age of 65, is very large (Midwinter, 2005). Situations that were found more demanding for elderly drivers were: heavy traffic load, loaded parking, bad road conditions and darkness.This study examined hazard perception abilities among elderly and experienced drivers, particularly with regard to the presence of pedestrians in the urban road environment.

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