Brain training exercises which are designed to improve cognitive function could help older drivers to stay on the road, according to new U.S. research.

A team of researchers from Penn State University looked into the effects of different cognitive training programs on driving cessation.

In total, over 2,000 healthy adults were studied, all of them placed in one of four groups: reasoning, speed of processing, memory, or no training.

The results, published in the journal The Gerontologist, showed that those who completed either the reasoning or speed of process training were between 49 and 55 per cent more likely to still be driving 10 years after the study began than those who didn’t complete any training.

Random participants were selected to receive additional ‘booster’ training on top of the standard tasks – these were 70 per cent more likely to still be driving.

Click here to access the article in The Gerontologist.