Welcome to the Alabama Senior Driver Research Project

If you live in Alabama, you may be able to participate in a research project on senior driver safety sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. This study is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a new program on the continued safety and mobility of older drivers. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking work with older drivers. Over the last 15 years, researchers at UAB have been working to identify aspects of the normal aging process that place some older drivers at increased crash risk. Additionally, these researchers have discovered ways to delay, or in some cases reverse, some age-related decline in driving-related skills. The purpose of the Alabama Senior Driver Research Project is to evaluate a new voluntary program on a large scale. To help encourage Alabama seniors (age 75 and up) to participate in this important research project, State Farm has agreed to provide a premium discount to qualifying participants.

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Useful Field of View:

The area from which one can extract visual information in a brief glance without head or eye movement. The limits of this area are reduced by poor vision, difficulty dividing attention and/or ignoring distraction, and slower processing ability.

If you are 75 or older, and rated as the primary driver on a vehicle insured with State Farm, you have received, or will receive, a letter inviting you to participate. If you choose to participate, you will receive a free evaluation of skills related to driving, which could qualify you for a discount on your State Farm auto insurance. The discount is up to 10 percent of the premiums for Bodily Injury and property Damage Liability, Medical Payments, Comprehensive, and Collision Coverages for TWO years. State Farm will not know that you are participating in this research unless you qualify for the discount and present a certificate of qualification to your State Farm Insurance agent.

Even if you do not qualify for the discount, you will receive a free evaluation and educational materials designed to enhance your driving safety.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE EVALUATION?

Your visual abilities and driving habits will be evaluated using questionnaires and a computer-based test called the "Useful Field of View" (UFOV® test). You do not need to know how to use a computer for these activities. The testing will take about 20 minutes, and the entire visit will last less than 1 hour, including waiting time.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have made provisions to bring this service to a site near you. Information on site locations and how to schedule an appointment is contained in the invitation letter from State Farm.

CONFIDENTIALITY

If you decide to participate in this senior driver study, the researchers will keep your personal information confidential to the extent permitted by law. However, the principal investigator at UAB (Dr. Virginia Wadley), members of her research staff, the principal investigator of Visual Awareness Research Group, Inc. (Mr. Philip Keirn), The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Institutional Review Board (IRB), and a third party contractor assisting in managing the data (ChoicePoint Services, Inc.), will need to have access to confidential information that identifies you by name in order to conduct the study. These research entities will not share any of your personal information with any other party, including State Farm. The information will not be a part of your medical records. What is learned from this study may be published for scientific purposes in group format. However, your name or identity will not be revealed at any time.

Even after you become a research participant, you may still elect to withdraw from the study at any time and for any reason.

QUESTIONS

If you have any other questions about the research project, please call the special UAB senior driver safety research number (1-866-695-0207) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. central time, Monday through Friday.




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