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New Test Predicts Crash Risk Of Older Drivers

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April 8, 1998
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NIH-National Institute On Aging
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A new vision test may ultimately help the elderly, their families, and physicians decide when it's okay for an older person to continue driving or when it may be time to hang up the car keys.

A new vision test may ultimately help the elderly, their families, and physicians decide when it's okay for an older person to continue driving or when it may be time to hang up the car keys. Using a novel "useful field of view" test to measure how drivers process visual information, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) found that poor performance on the test was linked to an increased risk of car crashes. Drivers who showed a 40 percent or greater impairment in their useful field of view were more than twice as likely to be involved in a crash within 3 years of testing.


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NIH-National Institute On Aging. "New Test Predicts Crash Risk Of Older Drivers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 April 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980408081504.htm>.
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