A ROADMAP FOR DRIVING LATER IN LIFE
Check out this information from AAA on senior driving for seniors and those who love them
CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE AND BROCHURE THAT CAN BE DOWNLOADED IF YOU ARE A SENIOR DRIVER, HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS A SEASONED DRIVER, OR YOU JUST WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LAWS OR FRESHEN UP ON YOUR DRIVING SKILLS
www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com is a comprehensive website for seasoned drivers and their families.
You’ll find tools that:
• evaluate and improve driving ability
• create awareness of mind and body changes
• help maintain mobility and independence
• keep you driving safely for as long as possible
If you want an excellent brochure on “older drivers” or seasoned drivers download this brochure
New Safety Guide for Seasoned Drivers Keeps Them On the Go!
AAA, Minnesota Safety Council publication helps older drivers drive safer, longer
By 2030, one in four drivers will be 65 years or older. Keeping seniors driving as long as safely possible not only benefits them, but also benefits society as a whole. On the Go! the newest publication from AAA and the Minnesota Safety Council, addresses physical and cognitive changes drivers experience as they age, as well as changes to roadway design and vehicles. This full-color, 20-page publication uses word games, visual puzzles and other elements to inform and assist active older drivers.
“With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the United States, it’s a great opportunity for older drivers to refresh their skills and serve as role models for drivers of all ages,” said Randy Williams, regional president of AAA Minnesota/Iowa. “Seasoned drivers tend to be safe drivers,” said Carol Bufton, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “But we all need to recognize and adapt to changes. On the Go! is designed to help drivers do that – and have some fun in the process.”
Single copies are available for free at any AAA Minnesota/Iowa branch as well as at the Minnesota Safety Council office in St. Paul. On the Go! A Safety Guide for Seasoned Drivers can also be downloaded from http://seniordriving.aaa.com/sites/ default/files/On-The-Go-AAA.pdf
Accident rates improving for older drivers
Boston.com, March 20, 2014
Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation's aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they've been proved wrong. Today's drivers aged 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations and are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, according to a study recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's because vehicles are getting safer and seniors are generally getting healthier. The marked shift began taking hold in the mid-1990s and indicates that growing ranks of aging drivers as baby boomers head into their retirement years aren't making U.S. roads deadlier. Traffic fatalities overall in the U.S. have declined to levels not seen since the late 1940s, and accident rates have come down for other drivers as well. To see the full article, go to: www.boston.com/
For older drivers, study finds, one drink may be one too many
Source: University of Florida News Release, March 6th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Florida recently tested how drinking legally non-intoxicating levels of alcohol affect the driving skills of two age groups: 36 people ages 25 to 35 and 36 people ages 55 to 70. They found that although neither age group imbibed enough alcohol to put them over the legal driving limit, a blood alcohol level of 0.08, just one drink can affect the driving abilities of older drivers. Based on the study findings, the researchers say it could be time to reassess legal blood alcohol levels for all drivers. Among younger adults, the researchers found alcohol consumption did not affect their measured driving skills at all — a finding researchers called a "bit surprising." But for the older drivers, the small, legal levels of intoxication did affect their driving. To see the full article, go to: http://news.ufl.edu/
Intersections are most dangerous for drivers over 70
Forty percent of the fatal collisions of people 70 and older, compared with 23% of the crashes of 35-54 year olds, occur at intersections and involve other vehicles. What mistakes are leading older motorists to get into intersection crashes? After studying 200 intersection crashes involving 3 age groups of drivers, age 70-79, age 80+, and 35-54 and talking to those older drivers who caused the crash the main reason found was that the older drivers fail to yield. The older the driver the higher the percentage of the cause was failure to yield. This is shown with these statistics; 26% for the 35 to 54 year olds, 37% for the 70 – 79 year olds and 58% for the 80+ drivers.
The 35 to 54 year old said the cause of the intersection crash was because they became distracted. The 70 -79 group said they saw the potentially conflicting vehicles but misjudged whether there was time to proceed. The 80+ group said they were looking but simply didn’t see the conflict. Mr. McCartt, the author of the study, said that the failure to see other vehicles “may be due to increase in vision impairment, which escalates rapidly after age 75. Another factor could involve the complexity of urban intersections with vehicles traveling in multiple directions. Older drivers may experience decreasing ability to process the multiple sources of information. Whatever the reason for the intersection crashes, those involving failure to yield occurred most often where traffic is controlled by stop signs rather than at intersections controlled by signal lights.
A 2002 study by the University of Kentucky found that each advancing year of age after 65 increases by 8% the odds of getting in a crash that involves turning left. Some ideas that might help include more roundabouts, and adding more green arrows for left turns.
This article was summarized from an article in Status Report Vol.42 No. 3 published by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety
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