SaMERU will examine all aspects of road safety facing elderly road users and will produce recommendations for prioritising actions that could be taken by local authorities to reduce the risk of collisions.
It will include elderly car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and investigate to what extent they are more susceptible to injury in a collision and whether they drive or ride differently from other groups.
The difficulties facing elderly pedestrians will be investigated including risk factors, road crossing behaviours, self-awareness, compensatory behaviour and the highway environment.
A medical, psychological and sociological research review will be undertaken including changes in sensory, motor and cognitive function as well as possibilities of compensation. It will investigate the balance between experience and losses due to diminution of abilities.