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Driver ageing does not cause higher accident rates per km
Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Department of Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
2002 (English)In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, ISSN 1369-8478, Vol. 5, no 4, 271-274 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on Finnish survey data, older (65+, n=1559) and younger (26-40, n=310) drivers' accident rates were compared. In accordance with earlier studies, the rates were similar per driver (0.1) but there was a non-significant trend towards older drivers having more accidents per distance driven (10.8 vs. 8.3 per 1 million km). However, when the accidents-per-km comparison was made in groups matched for yearly exposure, there is no evidence for higher risk with increasing age. In both age groups, risk per km decreased with increasing yearly driving distance. We suggest that the previous perception of an age-related risk increase of accidents per distance driven arises from a failure to control for low mileage bias at all ages. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2002. Vol. 5, no 4, 271-274 p.
Keyword [en]
Accident, Older drivers, Risk, Screening
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46846DOI: 10.1016/S1369-8478(03)00005-6OAI: diva2:267742
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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