A new study conducted by the School of Optometry and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, in Queensland Australia has determined that older drivers are more susceptible to distractions. By using the Useful Field of View (UFOV®) test, which has been shown to be highly effective in predicting crash risk among older adults, the researchers were able to determine that older adults who were rated as higher risk on the UFOV demonstrated poorest driving performance in the presence of distracters. Participants included 92 older drivers, ranging from 65–88 years old. According to the study’s conclusion, “there is compelling evidence that older drivers have more crashes in complex situations and environments, including intersections and yielding right of way,which is likely to be linked to their inability to focus on relevant information while inhibiting irrelevant information within the driving environment.”
Distracted driving, regardless of your age, has become a big problem in the United States and even on our roads in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. As a Tarrant County personal injury attorney, I have seen many people who have been injured distracted drivers. There is no reason to be distracted by a text message, an iPod, or even your lunch while you are behind the wheel of a vehicle that weighs thousand of pounds. Your friends can wait the extra fifteen minutes for you to call them back if it means that you are keeping yourself and others safe on the road. Don’t let yourself be part of the problem that is taking over our roads. Don’t drive distracted!
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