1000 Spring 2019 Empowering Older Drivers: Finding the Keys
Tuesday, 9:40–11:05, May 14
Instructor: Mike Perel
During all the years that we’ve been driving, we’ve changed, traffic has changed, and our cars have changed. What do these changes portend for driving safety? What are the keys to staying safe as we age? This informative and interactive presentation will address these questions by focusing on the myth of the unsafe older driver, how aging might affect driving performance, what drivers can do to stay safe, and how new automobile technologies can help us avoid crashes and reduce injuries.
Mike Perel retired from his 39-year career at the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2009. He headed a research group that focused on vehicle systems that can help prevent crashes, such as forward lighting, rear signaling, mirrors, and advanced driver assistance technologies. His work also explored how crash risk could be affected by impairments due to driver age, fatigue, alcohol, and distraction. He is currently the vice chair of the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging.