Older peoples' experiences of informal support after giving up driving

Amy Murray (Lead Author), C. Musselwhite

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Abstract Using a phenomenological approach, this study explored people who have given up driving's experiences of informal support following driving cessation based upon individual, semi-structured in-depth interviews with seven individuals who had retired from driving (n = 7). Findings highlight the complex nature of informal support as an alternative to driving in later life for older adults, showing there is no clear cut, linear process which occurs relating to this type of support. Retired older driver's experiences of informal support are multi-faceted, which include a broad range of practical and psychosocial factors. Informal support was usually provided in very practical terms but the receiver would often also need psychosocial and social support. Motivation for informal support stemmed from ill health, health concerns and was often coupled with living in an area with poor bus service. It was common for the participants to feel a burden on others and use strategies to reduce that feeling including rationing, trip chaining and providing reciprocation through gifts. The findings suggest the need for novel interventions which recognise the changing face of informal support, ensuring this is not the only viable alternative to driving in later life.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100367
JournalResearch in Transportation Business and Management
Publication statusPublished - 02 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Ageing
  • Giving-up driving
  • Informal support
  • Modernisation theory
  • Social capital
  • Transport


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