Title: Gender Differences in the Behaviour of Older Drivers: Maintaining mobility and safety
Organisation: RAC Foundation
Date uploaded: 4th October 2018
Date published/launched: September 2018
This report uses National Travel Survey data for 2014–16 to show that older women drive less in darkness than do older men. The survey is also used to examine how activities influence the amount of driving women need to do, and how this is affected by their area of residence. Reports of appraisals from the Hampshire County Council Driving Skills 60+ scheme are used to compare the risk events noted against older male and female drivers, with any associated comments. The outcomes of five years of Fitness to Drive assessments by the Wessex DriveAbility driving mobility centre show that of the participants aged over 70 women are more likely than men to be assessed as ‘unsafe’. The reasons for unsafe assessments for the women are likely to be impaired perception; for the men, impaired decision-making/judgement. Of the clients assessed as ‘unsafe – review’, almost half were assessed as ‘safe’ after a course of driving tuition.
The evidence collected in the report is used to propose measures to help improve the safety and maintain the driving competence and confidence of older drivers, with particular attention to the issues faced by women drivers.
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