September 17, 2012

A Washington D.C. national transportation research group released a report examining driver safety and fatality rates of older motorists.

The report, called “Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans,” found the total number of traffic fatalities has declined in recent years, but that older motorists are involved in a disproportionately high share of deadly crashes.

According to the report, In 2010, there were 5,750 fatalities in crashes nationwide involving at least one driver 65 or older. Of those, 3,398 drivers 65 or older were killed.

The report states, “Although drivers 65 and older account for eight percent of all miles driven in the nation, 17 percent of all traffic fatalities occurred in crashes where at least one driver was 65 or older.”

Statistics clearly show that a disproportionate number of traffic accidents are caused by the very youngest and oldest age groups.  It can be a disheartening task to have to take the keys away from our elderly loved ones for  their safety and the safety of others on the road.  The attached infographic provides eight tips that can make driving safer for our seniors.

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