Driving safely at any age

Driving Study for Older People

The University of Queensland is conducting a Driver Training Study for people at least 65 years old, who drive at least once a week and who hold a Queensland driver’s licence. For more information view the Elder People Driving Study flyer here.

Darcy Andrews, a doctorate candidate at the University of Queensland (Clinical Psychology), is working with Professor Mark Horswill on a video-based intervention to improve road safety for older adults (65+). The research team works closely with QLD transport for improving hazard perception in learner drivers. They are having considerable difficulty recruiting older adult drivers so reached out to the Older Women’s Network Qld to see if there was an opportunity to collaborate to increase participation.

Their research aim is to demonstrate that older adults are just as safe (or often safer) on the road as young adults. Surrendering a driver’s licence due to normative, age related, changes in capacity should be the last resort – we just need to demonstrate (scientifically) that this intervention works as well with older adults as it does with learner drivers.

There is a possibility that Darcy (and the research team) could come and present our findings to anyone who is interested.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Darcy directly on telephone (07) 3365 6451 or via email to clin.darcy.andrews@uq.edu.au

The study team abides by the strictest university ethics and COVID vaccination guidelines.