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Mobility & Transport - Road Safety

Functional limitations and physical vulnerability

The road safety of older road users is to a large extent determined by two factors: functional limitations and physical vulnerability. Both factors contribute to the relatively high fatality rate as a result of crashes among older road users. Functional limitations can increase crash risk, whereas a higher physical vulnerability increases injury severity. Functional limitations and age related disorders do not automatically lead to unsafe traffic behaviour. Other characteristics of older road users can prevent safety problems. Among these are the insight into one's own limitations, driving experience, and compensation behaviour such as driving when the roads are less busy or when it is daytime and dry.