AAA Roadwise Review - A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer
Overview


AAA has developed a tool that will enable older drivers to identify and address physiological changes which could affect driving. AAA Roadwise Review: A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer is a scientifically validated screening tool developed by AAA and transportation safety researchers at TransAnalytics. This home-based, user-friendly screening software is based on the DrivingHealth® Inventory battery of functional tests which were validated in a six-year cooperative research project between NHTSA and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, with additional support from the National Institute on Aging. Drivers with a significant loss in the functional capabilities tested by Roadwise Review are 2 to 5 time more likely to cause a motor vehicle crash than drivers without losses in these key safe driving abilities.1 The measures include:

  • Leg Strength and General Mobility – enables you to accelerate and brake under regular conditions and to respond quickly in emergencies.
  • Head/Neck Flexibility – allows you to check blind spots when you back up, change lanes, or merge into traffic.
  • High Contrast Visual Acuity – helps you detect pavement markings, read road signs and spot hazards in or near the road.
  • Low Visual Acuity – enables you to maintain lane position and drive safely in rain, dusk, haze and fog.
  • Working Memory – helps you follow directions, remember traffic rules and regulations, and make good decisions as you drive.
  • Visualization of Missing Information – enables you to recognize and anticipate a threat or hazard even when part of it is hidden from view.
  • Visual Search – enables you to scan the driving environment and recognize traffic signs, signals, navigational landmarks and hazards.
  • Visual Information Processing Speed – allows you to pay attention to what is in front of you while also detecting threats at the edge of your field of view.

Roadwise Review is designed to be used in the privacy of one's own home. At the conclusion of each of the eight skill tests, a summary of results is displayed along with advice as to what the test taker should do. Many visual, medical, and physical rehabilitation options are available that can add substantially to the safe driving years of normally-aging individuals.2 Depending on the measure and the level of impairment, a user may be referred to a physician, Occupational Therapist, or a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist. For instance, poor results on a vision test might suggest visiting an optometrist. If a user does not have a measurable loss in a safe driving ability, he or she will be asked to use their results as a baseline against which they can measure future changes in driving health.

The development of Roadwise Review included a series of focus groups across the United States and Canada. Users of Roadwise Review considered the program to be clear, simple, valuable and fun. AAA is confident that Roadwise Review has the potential to make a major impact on traffic safety as 90% of those asked said they would follow through with the recommendations offered by the program. Recommendations from healthcare providers can often allow seniors to drive safely longer. Just as seniors monitor their physical health through frequent checkups, Roadwise Review helps seniors monitor their driving health.

Computer System Requirements: To use this CD-ROM you need a personal computer (PC) with a CD-ROM drive and:

  • 15" monitor (or larger)
  • Pentium III 633 MHz processor (or better)
  • Video card with AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) and at least 8 MB video RAM (or better)
  • 256 MB RAM memory (or better)
  • Mouse and keyboard

Most newer model personal computers fall within these technical requirements.
*Note: Roadwise Review may not run properly on a Windows 95 Operating System, and will NOT run on a Macintosh computer.

Upon completion of AAA Roadwise Review, you may be eligible to receive a discount on auto insurance through AAA. You could save up to 5% off of your auto premium and rest assured that you have Protection That’s Right For You. Request a free quote today.

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For more information, please contact Michele Harris, Director, Traffic Safety Culture, at 813-289-5831 or mmharris@aaasouth.com.

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1 Staplin L, Gish KW, Wagner EK. 2003. MaryPODS revisited: Updated crash analysis and implications for screening program implementation. J Safety Res; 34:389-397.
2 Staplin L and Lococo K. 2003. Model driver screening and evaluation program: Guidelines for motor vehicle adminstrators (Report No. DOT HS 809 581). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.