Assessing medically impaired older drivers in a licensing agency setting

Accid Anal Prev. 1998 May;30(3):347-61. doi: 10.1016/s0001-4575(97)00112-7.


An exploratory study is being conducted jointly by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop a licensing agency assessment battery for elderly drivers with dementia or other aging-related medical conditions. A preliminary battery of nondriving tests and road tests is described; test results for a small pilot sample are presented, and the tests are evaluated in terms of their utility for detecting functional impairment and predicting driving performance. Some considerations that shape construction of a test battery for licensing agency use are discussed in relation to these goals and the givens of a driver licensing environment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Automobile Driving / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • California
  • Cognition Disorders
  • Female
  • Geriatrics*
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Task Performance and Analysis*