Details of Publication 334 for Project A173:

Byles J, Gibson R & Parkinson L. Driving myself: main forms of transport among older women in rural and remote Australia. , 2007; :

Transport is a major concern for older people. For many, driving is not only a means of transport, but also a means of independence and identity. Moreover, alternative forms of transport may not be acceptable because of difficulties with physical access, availability, convenience or cost. These problems are particularly true in rural areas where subsidised public transport is less frequently available. Among older women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, driving is the major form of transport, especially for those in rural and remote areas. In this paper we will describe the trends in the proportion of women who drive themselves as their main means of transport, what factors are associated with giving up driving, and what alternative transport means older women adopt.