How Big a Problem Are Older Drivers?

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How Big a Problem Are Older Drivers? by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov), although older adults do not rival the accident and injury rates of young adults, the incidence of accidents and the death rate do begin to increase for drivers aged 70-74. These data are not surprising given that as one ages, reaction times slow, depth perception fades, mobility issues increase, and recovery from sun or headlight glare takes longer.  The problems are greatest among drivers aged 85 and older, a group for whom the death rate from accidents is also highest.

 

 

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