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Research examines skills of elderly drivers

As people continue living longer, those aged 65 and older are becoming a growing segment of the population. By the year 2020, this group will account for approximately 20 percent of the driving-age population. Unfortunately, these drivers are already overly represented in the number of crashes per mile driven, and researchers want to know why. According to Professor Herb Pick of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Cognitive Sciences, little research involving elderly drivers has been done on the main function of driving–that is, getting from place to place–and the attendant issues of spatial orientation and navigation.

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