Assessment of vehicle safety problems for special driving populations: Final report

  • Published: US Department of Transportation, 1979
  • Authors: A. J. McKnight, M. A. Green, F. Masten, and R. J. Koppa
  • Date Added: 14 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To identify driving problems related to vehicle operation encountered by physically limited drivers.

Methodology:

Face to face interviews of over 500 drivers across four areas of the US.

Key Findings:

  • The study reports difficulties using primary and secondary controls as well as difficulties in checking blind spots and mirrors.

Themes:

Disabled drivers, adapted vehicles, vehicle adaptation devices.

Comments:

Owing to the age of the report many of the recommendations are likely to have been addressed by the advance of vehicular technology – for example the report pre-dates widespread use of power steering, hence difficulties steering were widely reported.

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