Older Driver Needs and Issues: Using Grounded Theory to Elicit the Driving Needs of Older People

Transport, Travel and Later Life

ISBN: 978-1-78714-624-2, eISBN: 978-1-78714-623-5

ISSN: 2044-9941

Publication date: 1 December 2017


The ageing process impact negatively on driving ability and behaviour, increasing the likelihood of accidents. Traditionally, research tends to have been top-down and as such misses the needs, motivations and attitudes of the drivers themselves. This research worked in-depth with a small number of older drivers using a grounded theory approach to elicit their needs and requirements with regards to the driving task. It identified a number of issues that previous research had highlighted, including shortened reaction times, increased fatigue and problems with glare but in addition emphasised some novel issues, including maintaining the vehicle speed at a consistent level and issues with distraction. The role new technology has in meeting such needs is briefly discussed.



Musselwhite, C. and Haddad, H. (2017), "Older Driver Needs and Issues: Using Grounded Theory to Elicit the Driving Needs of Older People", Musselwhite, C. (Ed.) Transport, Travel and Later Life (Transport and Sustainability, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 161-169. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2044-994120170000010006

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