The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety will soon release new information on the driving habits of older drivers. The research is the second phase of the foundation’s groundbreaking senior driver study, the Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers project, or LongROAD for short.
The multiyear project, which began in 2015, has resulted in the largest and most comprehensive senior driver database in existence. AAA will use its findings to better understand the risks senior drivers face and how to counteract them.
In December, the foundation released the first results from the LongROAD study. Researchers found that 90 percent of older drivers do not use accessories, like pedal extensions and seat cushions, that can keep them safer behind the wheel. Those who do use them often do not consult professionals to learn how to install them, something AAA recommends.
The foundation also is expected to release reports on the following subjects this year.
New car reliability
When the rubber hits the road, what new cars can you count on? This report helps prospective buyers choose a reliable set of wheels and examines what causes new cars to break down.
Many people today would rather summon an Uber or Lyft than own a car in a big city. This study will look at what it costs someone to use a ride-sharing service as their primary mode of transportation.
Apple CarPlay vs. Android Auto
A follow-up to research that found drivers who use voice-based and touch-screen vehicle features while driving were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds. This project will examine the safety and functionality of these two burgeoning apps.
Since 1947, the not-for-profit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has performed research to make roads safer and prevent traffic crashes. Read about recent findings and upcoming projects.