What information will we collect?
We will collect your name and contact details, which will use to contact you about your appointment. We will also ask you some questions about your driving, mobility needs and general health.
What will we do with your information?
We will contact you to confirm that you have an appointment booked, and to send a link to a follow-up survey to ask you how you found the experience and whether you have done anything differently since taking part.
Your personal data will only be stored on our system long enough for us to make contact with you for these purposes.
Any data relating to your health, driving or mobility needs will be anonymised, so there will be no way of anyone associating this back to you.
We will not pass on your details to any other agency unless a significant health concern arises for which we would need to advise your GP. We will, of course, discuss this with you.
What is the background to this project?
The research team wrote a paper for the Department for Transport in 2019 looking at ways to assist the older driving population to maintain their mobility into later life. This project takes forward one of the recommended solutions: a driving simulator check.
Research has demonstrated the viability of utilising relatively low cost, portable simulator rigs for testing physical conditioning and impairment, and the potential exists to extend this as a mechanism for screening. There is growing confidence that a viable screening assessment could be delivered using such a mechanism and to test this in a UK context. This study is design to understand how practicable it is to deliver a screening assessment in this way.
What is the aim of this study?
To assess if the simulator tests provide a meaningful assessment of abilities which impact on drivers’ collision risk
- To assess if simulator tests are feasible to deliver
- To assess if the simulator tests are acceptable to older drivers, identifying the fears and barriers encountered by older drivers
- To assess if the simulator tests are more acceptable to clinicians than traditional assessment methods
What will happen when the study ends?
The study will result in a research report which will be submitted to the Department for Transport and other agencies working in transport, health and older people’s services. We trust that this will help to shape future provision to keep citizens independent and mobile into later life.
We will retain the anonymised data, in case there is a need to analyse further, however, all personal details will have been removed from our system.
If you would like to receive a digital copy of the research when it is concluded, we will provide you with an opportunity to sign up and receive a copy.
What will happen if I don’t want to carry on being part of the study?
Your participation in this study is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason.
What if there is a problem or I wish to make a complaint?
If there is any problem on the day, please notify our staff immediately and they will take every step to try and ensure that it is rectified. If there is anything that cannot be dealt with on the day, please write to:
Road Safety Analysis,
27 Horse Fair,
and it will be passed to our Head of Research for immediate review.
Who can I contact for more information?