The Influence of Age and Gender on the Driving Patterns of Older Adults

Mary J. Bauer, Geri Adler, Michael A. Kuskowski, Susan Rottunda

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the influences of age and gender on the driving patterns of 300 older adults. Odds of driving less than every day increased significantly with age and female gender. However, no differences were found in the reduction of overall driving. Females were more likely than men to have stopped or reduced driving under certain adverse conditions and for elective purposes. The driving patterns of today's cohort of older females suggest that the gender gap may be narrowing. Social and cultural issues such as security, safety, and identity with driving may explain existing gender differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003

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Funding Information:
This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.


  • Automobiles
  • Driving habits
  • Female drivers
  • Older drivers


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