Re-training benefits older drivers

Re-training benefits older drivers

Older drivers benefit from re-training, a new report suggests.

It says that far from having memory problems, healthy drivers aged 70-89 can actually improve their long-term safe driving habits.

Researcher Matthew Romoser conducted a study into see if participants in a study who received training two years earlier retained safe driving behaviours.

It is hoped that the study's findings can shape mature motorist retraining programmes.

In 2009, the respondents that received simulator training and video reviews of their driving performance increased their likelihood of scanning the road ahead while negotiating a crossing by 100%.

Those polled from the trained and control groups of Mr Romoser's earlier study took part in a follow-up field drive in their own vehicles.

Researchers recorded the participants' road-scanning behaviours on a head-mounted camera.

Two years after their training, older drivers in the trained group still undertook secondary road checks on average 73% of the time.

This is more than one and a half times as often as pre-training levels.

Control group drivers, who averaged secondary looks 41% of the time, saw no substantial alteration in performance over the two-year timespan.

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