Older drivers

Title: SaMERU (Safer Mobility for Older Road Users)

Organisation: SaMERU
Date uploaded: 24th October 2017
Date published/launched: October 2014

The SaMERU project examined all aspects of road safety facing elderly road users and produced recommendations for prioritising actions that could be taken by local authorities to reduce the risk of collisions.

The project covered elderly car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and investigated to what extent they are more susceptible to injury in a collision and whether they drive or ride differently from other groups.

The difficulties facing elderly pedestrians was also investigated including risk factors, road crossing behaviours, self-awareness, compensatory behaviour and the highway environment.

A medical, psychological and sociological research review was undertaken which included changes in sensory, motor and cognitive function as well as possibilities of compensation. It investigated the balance between experience and losses due to diminution of abilities.

The project produced a series of final reports all of which can be downloaded from the link below.

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