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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Engineering Guidance and Training

  • Desk Reference for the 2014 Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population NEW
    The desk reference is a concise guide that provides important information on Part I of the larger Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population. The treatments are categorized by roadway feature: intersections, interchanges, roadway segments, highway construction/work zones, and highway-rail grade crossings.

  • 2014 Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population
    The original Older Driver Highway Design Handbook was published by FHWA in 1998 (FHWA-RD-97-135). The 2nd edition, titled Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians (FHWA-RD-01-103) was published in 2001. This 3rd edition, under a new title, incorporates new research findings and treatments to improve the safety of the transportation system for the aging population.

    The Handbook is divided into three sections. The first section explains how to use the Handbook to select treatments to address problems for aging drivers and pedestrians. The second section includes treatments for 51 proven and promising traffic control and design elements distributed among five categories: Intersections, Interchanges, Roadway Segments, Construction/Work Zones, and Highway-Rail Grade Crossings. The final section of the Handbook includes the rationale and supporting evidence for the treatments.

  • A Guide for Reducing Collisions Involving Older Drivers
    Published in 2004 as part of NCHRP Report 500: Guidance for Implementation of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan, this guide outlines a variety of strategies that can assist State and local transportation agencies with addressing older drivers' special needs while improving safety for all road users.

  • Pocket Guide to Improve Traffic Control and Mobility for our Older Population
    This Pocket Guide assists transportation professionals in making decisions about the use of traffic control devices, taking into account the unique needs of the Nation's older road users.

  • Older Driver and Pedestrian Design Workshop
    The FHWA offers a 1-day training workshop to thoroughly review the recommendations and guidelines contained in the Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population. Interactive methods are used to help participants fully understand the changes that occur with aging. Modifications to the roadway system are identified that can make it easier for older drivers and all drivers. Case studies are used during the workshop. The workshop is designed primarily practicing highway and traffic engineers responsible for highway design and operations. For additional information, contact Gene Amparano, or contact the Federal Highway Division Office in your State.

  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
    The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or MUTCD, defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all streets and highways. The Manual is important as it provides national traffic control standards for all public roads, and includes traffic signals, signs, roadway stencils, pedestrian crossings, and bicycle and pedestrian treatments. The Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians, being updated this year, is provided leading research information which may, as verified and tested, become standards in the MUTCD in future years.

    The electronic version of the MUTCD 2009 is the most current edition on the MUTCD Web site and is the official FHWA publication.

  • North American Conference on Elderly Mobility (NACEM) Noteworthy Practices NEW
    This guide showcases national and international noteworthy practices presented during each conference track: infrastructure and vehicles; driver screening and assessment; driver education and training; alternative transportation, mobility management, and coordination; and housing and land use. The agencies and organizations featured in this guide have significantly improved the safety and mobility of our older population through the use of various techniques and programs that can be replicated nationwide.