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Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

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susan_harr6 years ago

As we get older, certain tasks become more difficult to manage. One of those tasks is driving. Seniors, just like younger drivers, pose certain risks to other motorists. Young drivers can be dangerous because of lack of experience and their tendency to be distracted. Senior drivers may be dangerous because of health and mobility issues. In either case, it doesn’t mean that these individuals shouldn’t be driving- it simply means certain safety measures should be taken to ensure the roadways are safe for all motorists. Information below provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Senior Driver Statistics

  • 5,288 people age 65 and older were killed in 2009 and 187,000 were injured in traffic crashes.
  • These older individuals made up 16% of all traffic fatalities and 8% of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year.
  • In 2009, 13 percent of the total U.S. resident population (40 million) were people age 65 and older.

Tips for Talking to Senior Drivers

Collect Information

  • Driving Observations: Watch the person drive at different times of the day, in different types of traffic, and in different weather/road conditions to get a complete picture of their driving abilities.
  • Non-Driving Observations: Look for warning signs that indicate the person may not be fit to drive; examples include forgetfulness, confusion, agitation, loss of coordination, and trouble hearing or seeing.
  • Self-Assessment: In addition to your own and others’ observations about the older driver, encourage the person to evaluate his or her own driving performance.

Create a Plan of Action

  • Use the information gathered to determine whether or not the senior should be driving.
  • If yes-make sure that the senior knows his/her capabilities and limits, has all necessary driving safety equipment installed, and takes steps necessary to secure his/her driver’s license.
  • If no-determine whether this will be temporary or permanent and identify other transportation options for the individual.

Follow through with Plan

  • Review the plan periodically- if the person is driving, make sure that health problems that may arise don’t hinder his/her ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • If the person is not driving, look for improvements in health or coherence that may allow them to operate a vehicle.
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