National Older Driver Research and Training Center

Examining issues surrounding older driver assessment, remediation, rehabilitation, and the use of alternatives to the car.

Research

By 2024, one of every four drivers in the U.S. will be over age 65. With aging, physical and cognitive limitations may impede an older person’s ability to drive safely. However, mobility is key to independence and quality of life.

To help older adults drive longer and safer, the NODRTC research team is conducting studies on issues surrounding older driver safety, with a strong focus on assessment and remediation.

Current research | Completed research

 

Current Research

Community Participation in Developing a Measure for Safe Older Driver Behaviors

Funding: NIH (R21) PAR-06-247
Direct Costs: $275,000.00
Principal Investigators: Sherrilene Classen
4/1/08 - 3/31/10

Completed Research

Identifying Critical Driving Errors from the Florida Traffic Crash Records Database to Inform Occupational Therapy Driving Practice

Funding: College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
Principal Investigators: Orit Shechtman; Sherrilene Classen
1/1/08 - 12/31/09

Driving Performance of Returning Soldiers with TBI and Other Psychosocial Conditions

Funding: Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center
Principal Investigators: William Mann; Sherrilene Classen
10/1/07 - 9/30/09

Medications and Older Drivers in Florida

Funding: University of Florida's Age Network Multidisciplinary Research Enhancement Funding
Principal Investigator: Sherrilene Classen
4/1/07 - 3/31/08

Public Health Model to Promote Safe Elderly Driving

Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Sherrilene Classen
9/30/04 - 9/29/07

Reliability and Predictive Validity of the American Medical Association’s Older Driver Screening Protocol

Funded by: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Principal Investigator: Dennis McCarthy

Reliability and Validity of the Consensus Conference Assessment Protocol

Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Wendy Stav
9/30/03 - 9/29/05

The Impact of Highway Design on Driving Errors in an On-The-Road Test of Older Persons

Funded by: Federal Highway Administration
Principal Investigator: Sherrilene Classen
10/1/03 - 10/1/05

The Impact of Highway Design on Driving Errors in a Driving Simulation Test of Older Persons

Funded by: Federal Highway Administration
Principal Investigator: Orit Shechtman
10/1/03 - 10/1/05

Development of a Behind-the-Wheel Driving Assessment for Older Adults

Funded by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Michael D. Justiss
9/30/03 - 9/29/05