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Title: Driving a better driving experience: a questionnaire survey of older compared with younger drivers
Authors: Karali, Sukru
Gyi, Diane E.
Mansfield, Neil J.
Keywords: Vehicle ergonomics
Ergonomic methods and tools
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis / © The Authors
Citation: KARALI, S., GYI, D. and MANSFIELD, N., 2016. Driving a better driving experience: a questionnaire survey of older compared with younger drivers. Ergonomics, 60 (4), pp. 533-540.
Abstract: A questionnaire survey of drivers (n=903) was conducted covering musculoskeletal symptoms, the vehicle seat, access to specific vehicle features, ingress/egress, driving performance and driving behaviours. Significantly more discomfort was reported by older drivers (aged 65+) in the hips/thighs/buttocks and knees. Older drivers reported more difficulty parallel parking (p≤0.01), driving on a foggy day (p≤0.01), and turning their head and body to reverse (p≤0.001). They also reported that their reactions were slower than they used to be (p≤0.01). Dissatisfaction was found by all drivers with adjusting the head rest (height and distance), seat belt height and opening/closing the boot. There is a growing population of older people globally and the number of older drivers is showing a parallel increase. Clearly, efforts are needed to ensure car design of the future is more inclusive of older drivers.
Description: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Sponsor: We would like to acknowledge the EPSRC DTG Fund and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd for funding this research.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2016.1182648
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21065
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2016.1182648
Related Resource: https://dx.doi.org/10.17028/rd.lboro.3364312
ISSN: 0014-0139
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