A Naturalistic Driving Study Across the Lifespan, USDOT

Although motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) are one of the leading causes of death for individuals across the lifespan, the underlying mechanisms behind the two most at-risk groups, namely young and older adults, are very different. This project seeks to take a lifespan approach to driving mobility (an area of particular importance in older adults), driving safety, and the possible mediating factor of driving behavior.  The overarching goal is to examine unbiased real-world driving mobility (amount traveled throughout environment), driving safety (crashes/risky driving behavior), and driving behavior (how/when travel occurred) in at-risk drivers across the lifespan, namely younger (16-19) and older (65+) adults.