There are over 40 million licensed drivers in the US aged 65 or older —a 33-percent increase from 10 years ago. Aging can impact a variety of skills and abilities necessary for safe driving. Many highway design and traffic control elements can be improved to better meet the aging population’s needs. Furthermore, all road users can benefit from safety improvements that are designed with older drivers in mind.
This workshop will familiarize participants with the physical, perceptual, and cognitive impairments that can impact the ability to safely navigate a vehicle, and illustrate key strategies that agencies can implement for improving safety and mobility for older roadway users. The workshop is intended for transportation professionals involved in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining streets and roads. The workshop content is directly derived from the Federal Highway Administration’s Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population and will familiarize participants with the recommended practices from the Handbook in the areas of highway geometry, operations, and traffic control devices.
Who Should Attend
Transportation and planning professionals involved in traffic operations, roadway design, maintenance supervisors, local road supervisors, and regional development organizations. Specifically, the course is intended for those individuals directly involved in implementing roadway improvement solutions in their jurisdictions.