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Table 1 Characteristics, opinions and experiences of participants, by age group (n = 311)

From: Driving self-restriction and age: a study of emergency department patients

  Younger drivers Older drivers
(25–64 years) n = 178 (≥65 years) n = 133
  n % n %
Age in years (median, IQR) 44 21 72 9
Female 103 58 68 51
Current frequency of driving     
 Everyday or almost everyday 147 83 101 76
 Occasionally 23 13 24 18
 Seldom 8 4.5 8 6
Self-rated general driving ability**     
 Good 158 89 129 97
 Average 18 10 3 2.3
 Poor 0 0.0 1 0.8
MVCs (as a driver) in past 12 months     
 0 155 87 123 92
 1 18 10 7 5.3
 2 2 1.1 2 1.5
Police stops (as a driver) in past 12 months*     
 0 132 74 117 88
 1 38 21 13 10
 2 4 2.3 1 0.8
 3 2 1.1 1 0.8
In past 12 months, asked by someone to stop driving 2 1.1 4 3.0
Frequency of feeling confused, nervous or uncomfortable while driving     
 Often 0 0.0 0 0.0
 Sometimes 14 7.9 16 12
 Rarely 46 26 29 22
 Never 112 63 88 62
Frequency of having vision problems while driving**     
 Often 2 1.1 2 1.5
 Sometimes 9 5.1 4 3.0
 Rarely 24 13 5 3.8
 Never 137 77 122 92
Number of conditions where driving avoided**     
 0 58 33 43 32
 1 64 36 29 22
 2 29 16 17 13
 ≥3 27 15 44 33
  1. Table 1 Legend:
  2. IQR: Interquartile Range; MVC: Motor Vehicle Crash.
  3. Numbers may not add to 100% or total because of rounding or missing data (not displayed if <5% of total).
  4. *P < 0.05, **P < 0.01 under Chi-square (or Fisher exact if <5 observations in a cell).