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New study suggests older people may be less safe behind the wheel

Researchers from Nottingham Trent University have found that over-65s take three times as long to cope with distractions and may therefore be less safe behind the wheel.

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According to the study older people take longer to process more than one object compared to people aged between 18 and 30.

The speed at which people are able to process visual information may decline as age increases and that this could have far reaching implications in day-to-day activities including driving.

The study was published in the Journal of Vision and used a test on a screen to demonstrate that over 65s were slower at processing an object when additional ‘distractions’ were also shown.

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