It's a reality of life. Our skills as drivers change as we age.
- There are 30 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States. When injured in motor vehicle crashes, older drivers are more likely to die than younger drivers – underscoring the importance of older driver safety.
- In 2008, older people accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 18 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.
Issues Confronting Elderly Drivers
It’s a reality of life. Our skills as drivers change as we age. The ability to drive allows one freedom and control to do the things that enable independent living. However, for many of us, there will be a time when we need to make the decision to limit or stop driving.
For those elderly persons who drive, there remain many concerns. Changing physical conditions affect driving skills, including, slower reflexes, night blindness, medication and hearing impairment.
For the family and friends of an elderly driver, the concerns grow further. We want our loved ones to maintain a sense of independence, but we don’t want to see them hurt themselves or others in the process.
To better understand this issue, the following websites and groups provide comprehensive information on the challenges that confront elderly drivers:
- Aging Parents and Elder Care (Senior Care)
- The Driver Safety Page at AARP
- The Association for Driver Rehabilitation
- The National Institute on Aging
In addition, the USAA Educational Foundation, AARP, and the National Highway Traffic Safety