Posted on: September 1, 2016
As people get older, their driving patterns change. Retirement, different schedules, and new activities affect when and where they drive. Most older adults drive safely because they have a lot of experience behind the wheel. But when they are involved in crashes, they are often hurt more seriously than younger drivers. Age-related declines in vision, hearing, and other abilities, as well as certain health conditions and medications, can affect driving skills.
Driving is a complicated task. It requires people to see and hear clearly; pay close attention to other cars, traffic signs and signals, and pedestrians; and react quickly to events. Drivers must be able to accurately judge distances and speeds and monitor movement on both sides as well in front of them.
For recent statistics on the rate of injuries from crashes among older drivers, see:
Traffic Safety Facts 2012: Older Population (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Click the link below to read more about older drivers and the associated risks:
National Institute of Health