Voluntary and Involuntary Driving Cessation in Later Life

Moon Choi, Briana Mezuk, George W. Rebok

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This study explores the decision-making process of driving cessation in later life, with a focus on voluntariness. The sample included 83 former drivers from the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study. A majority of participants (83%) reportedly stopped driving by their own decision. However, many voluntary driving retirees reported external factors such as financial difficulty, anxiety about driving, or lack of access to a car as main reasons for driving cessation. These findings imply that distinction between voluntary and involuntary driving cessation is ambiguous and that factors beyond health status, including financial strain, play a role in the transition to non-driving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-376
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2012


  • disabilities
  • driving
  • mobility
  • poverty
  • transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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