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Safe Mobility of Older Drivers: Concerns Expressed by Adult Children

Kostyniuk, Lidia P. PhD; Molnar, Lisa J. MHSA; Eby, David W. PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January-March 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 24–32
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e318191491f

Michigan drivers age 65 and older were surveyed by telephone about driving-related concerns expressed by their adult children. Categorical analysis was used to identify salient differences between respondents whose adult children had expressed concerns and those whose adult children had not (based on self-report of subjects in the sample). Adult children were more likely to express concerns if respondents had been involved in a crash within the past year, were uncomfortable merging onto a freeway in heavy traffic or driving 200 miles in a familiar area, avoided driving in inclement weather, showed declines in physical functioning, or were men.

From the Social and Behavioral Analysis Division (Drs Kostyniuk and Eby and Ms Molnar) and Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation (Ms Molnar and Dr Eby), University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Ann Arbor.

Corresponding author: Lidia P. Kostyniuk, PhD, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 2901 Baxter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (e-mail:

The authors thank Jean T. Shope, PhD, for her valuable contribution to development of the original telephone survey that served as the source of data for the study presented here.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.