The premature reduction and cessation of driving by older men and women

  • Published: Highway Safety Research Center, University of North Carolina, 2001
  • Authors: Stutts, J.C., Wilkins, J.W., Reinfurt, D.W., Rodgman, E.A. & Van Heusen-Causey, S.
  • Date Added: 04 Feb 2014
  • Last Update: 16 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


To understand factors associated with premature driving reduction or cessation that might be remediated by interventions such as education, training and vehicle design. The study also looked to better understand older drivers attitudes toward driving and the impact of driving cessation on their lives.


The project was carried out in different phases and included focus groups and survey data.

Key Findings:

  • Older females tend to stop driving more prematurely than males.

  • These are usually women who never enjoyed driving, felt uncomfortable with current traffic conditions, or had someone available to drive them.

  • Females also tend to quote discomfort with driving situations as a reason for driving cessation more often than males, while males tend to link it to medical reasons.

  • Women tended to be less happy with their current mobility situation and recognised that they may need to drive in the future.


Older drivers; Driving cessation; Driving reduction; Premature