Planning for driving retirement: The effect of driving perceptions, driving events, and assessment of driving alternatives

Jonathon M. Vivoda, Jiawei Cao, Athena Koumoutzis, Annie C. Harmon, Ganesh M. Babulal

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Abstract

Most older adults will eventually stop driving, but few engage in planning for driving retirement. This study assessed whether driving stress, enjoyment, confidence, concerning driving events, and assessment of driving alternatives influence planning. Demographic factors were also included. Data were collected via a mailed transportation survey, with a final sample of 551 older adults who currently drive. Linear regression analyses revealed that more driving retirement planning was associated with greater driving stress, less driving confidence, and a more positive view of driving alternatives. Driving enjoyment and recent concerning driving events were not significantly related. Among the control variables, race and income were significantly related to planning, suggesting that lower income and identifying as Black race were associated with more planning. Gender only approached significance, suggesting that females may plan more than males. Overall, these findings suggest that more driving retirement planning is warranted. Some of the groups known to be at increased risk for driving reduction and cessation plan more for that eventuality than their counterparts. Implications of the study and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-201
Number of pages9
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume76
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Driving cessation
  • Driving confidence
  • Driving reduction
  • Driving stress
  • Transportation

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