Dangerous driving in the elderly can be reduced with a computer training program
“On-road and simulator training programs have been successful in reducing car crashes involving older drivers – with benefits that last for years after training. However, many older people are unlikely to have access to it. these training programs or these technologies, ”Jing Yuan said. , first author of the study and holder of a doctorate. student at North Carolina State University.
“We developed a training program, called Drive Aware, that would be accessible to anyone with a computer,” said Jing Feng, corresponding author of the study and professor of psychology at NC State. “Specifically, Drive Aware is a cognitive training program for older adults to help them accurately detect road hazards. The aim of our recent study was to determine the extent to which Drive Aware influences driving behaviors when the trainees actually take the wheel. “
To test Drive Aware, researchers enlisted 27 adults, aged 65 and over. All study participants took a basic driving test in a driving simulator. Nine of the study participants were then placed in the “active training” group. The active training group received two interactive Drive Aware training sessions, approximately one week apart.
Nine other study participants were placed in a “passive training” group. This group has watched the video of others receiving Drive Aware training sessions. This happened twice, with sessions about a week apart. The other nine study participants served as a control group and received no training. The 27 study participants then took a second driving test in the driving simulator.
The researchers found that study participants who were in the active training group had 25% fewer “dangerous incidents” after training. Hazardous incidents included accidents with other vehicles, pedestrians, exits, etc. There was no statistically significant change in the number of dangerous incidents for study participants in the passive training group or the control group.
“In short, we found that older people were less likely to have an accident in the driving simulator after receiving Drive Aware training,” Yuan said.
“These tests were done with a fairly modest number of study participants. If we can get the funding, we would like to expand our testing to more clearly establish how effective this training is in reducing crashes among older drivers.” , Feng said.
He added: “If the results are as good as they currently appear, we would like to find ways to share the training program as widely as possible. Few people can afford one-on-one training on the road. or training that involves high-end driving simulators. But we think a lot of people could access Drive Aware, and it has the potential to save a lot of lives. “(ANI)