The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants older drivers to know that just because they’re getting older, that doesn’t mean their driving days are over. Since the aging process can have an impact on older driver safety, it’s important to make sure safety is a top priority as drivers move into their golden years. According to the NHTSA, in 2016, 18 percent of all traffic deaths were among people ages 65 years and older. To help improve safety for older drivers, the NHTSA and the American Society on Aging (ASA) have developed a safety toolkit for people who work directly with older adults.

The Drivewell Toolkit for Older Drivers

The Drivewell Toolkit has a variety of great resources to help improve safety for older drivers. The toolkit helps older adults, loved ones and advocates to understand the issues related to older drivers and later-life independence and mobility. It also has resources to help plan and implement public information events for older drivers, their family members, loved ones and other community members. It has tools to help evaluate the effectiveness of older drivers.

Older Driver Crash Facts

  • In 2016, there were 6,764 people ages 65 years and older killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.
  • Older drivers made up 19 percent of all licensed drivers in 2016.
  • The population of people 65 and older increased by 30 percent from 2007 to 2016.
  • From 2007 to 2016, older male driver fatalities increased by 18 percent, compared with a 6 percent increase in older female driver fatalities.
  • In 2016, passenger vehicle occupants 65 and older involved in fatal traffic crashes were more likely to be restrained.
  • For older pedestrians, 69 percent of fatalities in 2016 occurred at non-intersection locations.

Driving and Age-Related Illnesses

Since many older drivers may be struggling with age-related illnesses like arthritis, cataracts or even Alzheimer’s, the NHTSA has downloadable and printable handouts for a variety of conditions that impact an older driver’s safety and effectiveness behind the wheel. This is a great resource for family members and concerned loved ones.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident with an older driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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