12 Nov 2018

Over 65 and stressed out behind the wheel

From Nine To Noon, 9:36 am on 12 November 2018
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Photo: Flickr (Denis Dervisevic )

The numbers of older New Zealanders battling anxiety about driving, and what can be done to fix it. Driving anxiety can range from anything between driving reluctance to driving phobia, which in turn can be associated with a loss of independent mobility, social isolation, and health decline.

In a nationwide survey of 1,170 drivers aged 65 and over, researchers from the Universities of Otago, Massey and Auckland found  27 per cent reported mild driving anxiety and over 10 percent reported more moderate to extreme levels.

Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University, lead author, Dr Joanne Taylor and Andrew Maskill speak with Kathryn Ryan.