Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults.

Schulz P, Beblo T, Spannhorst S, Labudda K, Wagner T, Bertke V, Boedeker S, Driessen M, Kreisel SH, Toepper M (2019)
The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences.

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OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current work was to investigate the relationship between avoidance of specific driving situations and on-road driving skills in older drivers considering factors found to be related to both avoidance behavior and driving skills.; METHOD: Seventy-two older drivers (M = 76 years) from the general population were included in this study. Self-reported avoidance behavior, driving practice, perceived driving difficulties, driving-related cognitive functions, as well as medical conditions were assessed within two sessions. Standardized on-road assessments served for assessing on-road driving skills in a third session.; RESULTS: Self-reported avoidance behavior was associated with reduced driving skills (r = -0.41), and this relationship remained significant beyond the influence of cognitive skills, self-reported health, driving practice, and perceived driving difficulties. Specifically, avoidance of driving in bad weather, poor visibility and complicated parking was found to be associated with reduced driving skills.; DISCUSSION: This study suggest that avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of impaired driving skills in older drivers. Our results argue against the assumption that avoidance behavior may be a reasonable strategy for safe traffic participation. Longitudinal studies are urgently needed to get more evidence on safety aspects of avoidance behavior. © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.
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Schulz P, Beblo T, Spannhorst S, et al. Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 2019.
Schulz, P., Beblo, T., Spannhorst, S., Labudda, K., Wagner, T., Bertke, V., Boedeker, S., et al. (2019). Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz063
Schulz, P., Beblo, T., Spannhorst, S., Labudda, K., Wagner, T., Bertke, V., Boedeker, S., Driessen, M., Kreisel, S. H., and Toepper, M. (2019). Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences.
Schulz, P., et al., 2019. Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences.
P. Schulz, et al., “Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults.”, The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences, 2019.
Schulz, P., Beblo, T., Spannhorst, S., Labudda, K., Wagner, T., Bertke, V., Boedeker, S., Driessen, M., Kreisel, S.H., Toepper, M.: Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. (2019).
Schulz, Philipp, Beblo, Thomas, Spannhorst, Stefan, Labudda, Kirsten, Wagner, Thomas, Bertke, Volkmar, Boedeker, Sebastian, Driessen, Martin, Kreisel, Stefan H, and Toepper, Max. “Avoidance behavior is an independent indicator of poorer on-road driving skills in older adults.”. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences (2019).

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