Elderly drivers have a reputation of causing accidents or poor driving abilities. However, getting older doesn’t mean that you become a bad driver. The ability to drive allows for independence and better mobility for older drivers.
It is true that as we age, our bodies change and so does our ability to react quickly. Understanding the risks of driving as a senior and knowing the steps to stay safe on the road can help prevent a car accident from occurring.
In 2012, there were nearly 36 million licensed older drivers. This was a 34 percent increase from 1999. Of the large number of licensed elderly drivers, 586 are injured in car accidents on an every day average.
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, between the ages of 70 to 74 there is a noticeably large increase in fatal traffic collisions and among the highest are drivers 85 and older. Approximately, 5,560 older adults were killed in an auto accident and more than 214,000 were injured.
The human body changes over time, especially vision and cognitive functioning. Reaction times become slower due to joint stiffness and weaker muscles. Driving visibility declines with age, so peripheral vision becomes narrower and more light is necessary for clear vision on the road.
Being an older driver shouldn’t discourage one to be on the roads, yet there are several steps that can be made to prevent serious injuries or deaths.
Elderly drivers tend to limit long distance driving and do not participate in dangerous driving behaviors. It’s still important to take the extra steps to stay safe on the road.
Taking preventative measures can be the difference. Traffic collisions are inevitable. When you are injured in a car accident, your rights must be protected. Call Bergener Mirejovsky to learn what steps to take next at 1-800-881-2021. We are here to answer your questions around the clock.