AAA offers first home-based tool to help seniors drive safely longer.
Just as you can screen for high cholesterol or high blood pressure, AAA has introduced a first-of-its kind scientifically valid tool designed to help seniors screen for their driving health in the privacy of their homes. Roadwise Review: A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer, is a CD-ROM that measures eight physical and mental abilities shown to be the strongest predictors of crash risk among older drivers and provides feedback to guide the user’s decision about their ability to drive safely.
“As we age, we experience physiological changes which could affect our driving and there are steps you can take to keep driving safely longer,” said Robert L. Darbelnet, President and CEO of AAA. “We are confident Roadwise has the potential to have a major impact on traffic safety.”
People over 65 are the fastest-growing population in the United States and by 2020 there will be more than 40 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older. Because of their fragility, seniors have the highest crash death rate per mile of everyone except teenagers. At the same time, a recent AAA survey of more than 1000 seniors showed that next to financial security and the cost of affordable health care, seniors are most concerned about their continued ability to get around in the future. The survey also indicated that nearly 90 percent of those polled said they currently drive themselves to get around on a daily basis.
AAA worked closely with scientists at TransAnalytics, a leading transportation safety research organization, to create a tool that is both state-of-the-art and user-friendly
"In our focus group testing nation-wide, senior drivers viewed the program as simple, clear, valuable and even fun to use,” said Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, AAA Director of Traffic Safety Policy.
“Many said they would follow through with the program's recommendations because it would extend their safe driving years.”
Using videos and easy-to-follow instructions, Roadwise Review screens drivers in eight functional areas:
- Leg Strength and General Mobility – necessary to control acceleration and braking.
- Head/Neck Flexibility –essential in checking blind spots, lane changes or merging.
- High Contrast Visual Acuity – needed to identify pavement markings, as well as detect many types of hazards in or near the road. Low Visual Acuity – vital for driving in low visibility conditions such as dusk, rain or fog.
- Working Memory – important in following directions, remembering traffic rules and regulations, and using information on highway guide signs.
- Visualization of Missing Information – helps a driver recognize hazards even when seeing only part of the picture.
- Visual Search – safe driving requires the ability to quickly find and recognize traffic signs and landmarks.
- Useful Field of View – ensures drivers can pay attention to what is happening right in front of them while also noticing safety threats at the edge of their field of view.
Roadwise Review uses an integrated data system that reports and provides users with confidential feedback about screening results and its CD-ROM format is compatible with most home computers.
AAA Member Price = $7.50
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