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Older Driver Highway Design

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Older drivers are using the nation’s highways at increasing numbers which may pose challenges in the decades ahead for transportation engineers to ensure system safety and operational efficiency of our roadways. The 65 and older group will exceed 50 million by 2020, accounting for approximately one-fifth of the population of driving age in this country.

The functional deficits associated with normal aging places older drivers at greater risk when negotiating various roadway features such as horizontal curves, left-turn lanes and intersections. The steady growth of older drivers will experience declining vision, slowed reaction times and reductions in strength, flexibility and overall fitness.

This course will provide a guide that supplement existing standards in the areas of highway geometry, operations and traffic control devices.

This course material is based on the document “Older Driver Highway Design,” published on the website of the Federal Highway Administration.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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