|Authors:||Randi Hjorthol, Susanne Nordbakke|
|ISBN (digital version):||978-82-480-0946-7|
Older people have increased their car use during the last 20 years, but gender differences persist. The amount of daily travelling is more or less kept at the same level after retirement. The reduction is primarily related to commuting. For older people living in bigger cities it is possible to manage without a car, but many prefer to use it, especially men. For people living in small towns and sparsely populated areas it is also possible to get by without a car provided if they live in the centre. Those living in the periphery are car dependent. Older people appreciate the car because it gives them control, freedom to choose, an experience of mastering and contribute positively to their self-image.