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Demographic change – State of knowledge and recommended measures to ensure safe mobility of elderly road users

The increasing number of elderly road users has given rise to research projects in many areas in recent years. The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) has now published an overview showing the current state of research. Mobility needs as well as age-related, driving-relevant performance changes and the compensatory strategies of elderly drivers were comprehensively described as key aspects. It could be concluded that age in itself does not yet justify a general examination of driving ability.

However, the potentials of elderly road users should be better exploited in order to maintain active participation in road traffic for as long as possible. Targeted training and education as well as an increased involvement of general practitioners are among suitable measures. The introduction of a labelling system for medicines, which emphasises impairments of driving ability, is regarded as sensible. At the vehicle technology level, assistance systems provide elderly drivers with welcome support. However, the operation has to be self-explanatory and must not lead to excessive demands.

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    Federal Highway Research Institute
    Brüderstraße 53
    D-51427 Bergisch Gladbach
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    Telephone: 0049 2204 43-9101
    Fax: 0049 2204 43-2550
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  • Reports

    BASt's reports are almost entirely in German. Each report includes an english abstract. You can find the complete report by following the link to ELBA on the report's page.