While you might have significant concerns about aging adults’ driving habits, take heart: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety data shows seniors are less of a risk than younger drivers.7
However, the same research study found that when it comes to motor vehicle crashes, seniors have higher driver fatality rates than other age groups when they are involved in a motor vehicle crash. Researchers say this is due to the increased fragility of older adults, who are more likely to sustain life-threatening injuries during a motor vehicle crash.
If you’ve got concerns about an aging loved one’s ability to stay safe on the road, you’re not alone—and you’ve got options. Ride along to assess your loved one’s driving skills. Have their vision and general health tested. Install safety devices like a backup cam. And don’t forget driving improvement courses.
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