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FHWA Guidelines for Older Drivers and Pedestrians

COURSE NO: C07-009
FHWA Guidelines for Older Drivers and Pedestrians
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course contains updated recommendations excerpted from the 2001 handbook. The recommendations do not constitute a new standard of required practice but are instead intended to supplement existing standards and guidelines in the areas of highway geometry, operations, and traffic control devices.  The recommendations provide guidance that is firmly grounded in an understanding of older drivers' and pedestrians' needs and capabilities, and can significantly enhance the safety and ease of use of the highway system for older persons, and for the driving population as a whole.


In 1998, FHWA published the Older Driver Highway Design Handbook, seeking to provide highway engineers with practical information linking the declining functional capabilities of older road users to the need for design, operational, and traffic engineering enhancements keyed to specific roadway features. Early experiences with the recommendations, including extensive feedback from local- and State-level practitioners through workshops conducted for departments of transportation across the country in 1999 and 2000, indicated a need to revise and update this resource. The result was a new handbook, the Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians, published in 2001.


The course also provides supplemental technical information not found in the full handbook.  The information is provided to explain (1) how specific diminished capabilities lead to age-related driving problems; (2) license renewal requirements and distinctions for older drivers in each State in the U.S.; and (3) how and why to conduct visibility measurements to ensure that various pavement marking treatments covered in the Handbook serve the needs of older road users. These materials are included to support practitioners in exercising the engineering judgment often called upon to reach implementation decisions.


This 7 PDH online course is intended for civil and transportation engineers concerned with the design and maintenance of road systems.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Relating recommendations to standard design guides
  • Determining the conditions under which design changes should be introduced
  • Understanding recommendations for at-grade intersections
  • Understanding recommendations for interchanges with grade separation
  • Understanding recommendations for roadway curvature and passing zones
  • Understanding recommendations for construction and work zones
  • Understanding recommendations for highway-rail grade crossings
  • Learning about aging and driver capabilities
  • Learning about drivers' license renewal requirements by State
  • Measuring the visibility of highway treatments
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Federal Highway Administration course document, "Guidelines and Recommendations to Accommodate Older Drivers and Pedestrians," FHWA-RD-01-051, written by L. Staplin, K. Lococo, S. Byington, and D. Harkey, May, 2001.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
FHWA Guidelines for Older Drivers and Pedestrians (543 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five (35) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this FHWA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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