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article imageSurvey says older drivers 'self-police'

By Tim O'Brien     Apr 7, 2012 in Lifestyle
Life is filled with many problems, but for seniors, a major one seems to be different than many might think. It is not health care, the rising gas prices, prescription pills or even their utility bills.
It concerns driving.
More precisely, their biggest fear is handing over those keys to the car and having their driving privileges taken away. A whopping 90 percent of seniors in the latest American Automobile Association (AAA) survey said "the inability to drive would be a problem. Of that percentage, almost half indicated it is a "serious problem."
Oh, and that "myth" that seniors are dangerous behind the wheel, well think again. This survey suggests they "self-police" their driving.
All of this was reported from AAA, based in Aurora, IL and needs further explanation, no doubt.
With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, AAA looks at this fact plus offers up tips for safer driving. "By 2020 it’s estimated that nearly one in six people will be age 65 or older and most of them will be licensed to drive," said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. AAA is helping aging drivers cope with the life-changing transitions facing them with expert advice and easy-to-find resources on its updated website for seniors and their families
"No matter how active and healthy seniors are today, it’s evident that anxiety about giving up the keys is an age-old concern. Now is the time for seniors to equip themselves with the tools necessary to stay driving as long as safely possible and have a plan for when driving is no longer a safe option," added Mosher.
As for that idea that older drivers are more dangerous, take a look at this. AAA notes that 80 percent of senior drivers voluntarily avoid one or more high-risk driving situations.
Seniors avoid certain driving situations
61 percent avoid driving in bad weather
50 percent avoid night driving
42 percent avert trips in heavy traffic
37 percent avoid unfamiliar roads
With that noted, AAA would like to point out they "continue to provide expert advice and helpful resources for older adults and their families - working to support them as they tackle the challenge of balancing safety and mobility."
Need driving help?
DriveSharp - A brain training fitness program clinically proven to make people safer drivers.
AAA Roadwise Review - A computer-based screening tool that allows drivers to measure changes in their functional abilities scientifically linked to crash risk.
Smart Features for Mature Drivers - A guide to help identify vehicle features that can assist drivers with the visual, physical and mental changes that are frequently encountered as they age.
State-by-State Licensing Laws for Seniors - Learn how often seniors are required to renew their license
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