Australian Capital Territory Older Driver Study (ACTOD)

Project Overview

The Australian Capital Territory Older Driver Study (ACTOD) will provide the first opportunity to capture the real-world driving patterns, and mobility requirements, of older drivers in the ACT. By collecting driving data, and alternative transportation usage, ACTOD will provide a unique opportunity to elucidate older drivers’ mobility patterns (as drivers, pedestrians and as public transport users) in the ACT. This will inform strategies to support the continued mobility of older road users, and will uncover the benefits, and shortcomings, of alternative transport options.

Areas of interest that form part of the ACT Road Safety Action Plan:

  • Older drivers’ mobility - Elucidating benefits and limitations of alternative transport options compared with driving routes.
  • Exposure to locations with high injury risks - Monitoring driving behaviours throughout infrastructure modifications, and identifying driving exposure risks.
  • Cross-border travel - Evaluating interstate driving behaviours for older drivers residing in the ACT.

Participants (fully subscribed)

Individuals who:

  • are aged 75 years or older;
  • live in Canberra or the surrounding areas;
  • have a valid Australian Driver’s Licence;
  • are currently driving at least once a week;
  • drive a vehicle that is 2006 or newer, and are willing to have an in car-recording device installed in their vehicle for 12 months;
  • are willing to complete a one-hour health assessment in their home.


What is required of a study participant?

As an ACTOD study participant, you will be asked to:

  • Complete a health assessment in your own home (1 hour) with a Research Assistant, which will include answering questions on demographics, completing paper and pencil tests and completing physical assessments (i.e., a walking task, a vision assessment).
  • Have an in-car recording device installed in your vehicle for 12 months. This device plugs into the already existing computer port in the vehicle. This port, which is typically found below the steering column, is the one that is used by mechanics to diagnose problems with vehicles. The in-car recording device can be used to collect and record details about driving trips.
  • Complete two mobility questionnaire packages (1 hour): one at the start of the study, and another during the following month. You be provided with a postage-paid envelop to return the questionnaire packages to the Research Team. Each questionnaire package is estimated to take around 30 minutes to complete and includes questions on demographics, driving practices, and alternative transport use.
  • After 12 months, the in-car recording device will be removed from your vehicle by a member of the Research Team during a 30 minute appointment.


Meet the ACTOD Research Team at MUARC

The ACTOD project is led by Dr Daniel Griffiths, Associate Professor Sjaan Koppel and Professor Judith Charlton

The in-car recording devices will be installed in your vehicles by MUARC Vehicle Technician Andrew Lyberopoulos.

The health assessments will be administered by MUARC Research Assistant Rachel Osborne.


Contact us:

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Australian Capital Territory Older Driver Study (ACTOD), please feel free to contact the team:

Email: muarc-actod@monash.edu

Phone: +61 3 9905 1905

ACTOD Research Team,

21 Alliance Lane,

Monash University Accident Research Centre,

Monash University Clayton,

VIC 3800

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