Keeping senior drivers safer - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Communitylife

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Keeping senior drivers safer

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 12:00 am

Many people assume that older drivers aren’t the safest drivers, but in fact, this is not true. Drivers aged 65 or older comprise about 14 percent of the driving population, but account for less than 7 percent of all crashes. These drivers are often the safest and most experienced – they are less likely to drive under the influence of alcohol, they don’t usually speed or engage in distracting activities while driving, such as texting or talking on the phone, and they don’t usually drive late at night.

However, our roads are definitely getting grayer. By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be 65 years of age or older and nearly 90 percent of this population will be licensed to drive. While AAA maintains that driving is a function of ability, not age, we also understand that as people age, their ability to navigate the roads safely can be compromised.

In order to keep the roads safer for everyone, AAA has put together resources and tools for seniors to consider when evaluating their driving abilities:

• Learn how aging can affect driving ability and what warning signs to watch out for. AAA holds free “Keeping the Keys” workshops to educate and inform mature drivers and their families on the effects that age can have on their driving, and ways to maintain their mobility.

• Make sure the car is a proper “fit.” CarFit is an assessment that offers mature drivers the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicle “fits” them. At the assessment, trained technicians check to see that motorists have a clear line of sight, properly adjusted headrests, easy access to the gas and brake pedals and more.

• Assess and improve driving skills through an online, in-person or computer-based assessment. “Roadwise Review” is a CD-ROM that measures the functional abilities shown to be the strongest predictors of crash risk among senior drivers. Many insurance companies offer discounts to senior drivers who complete approved driving evaluations. DriveSharp is a computer software program that focuses on the visual systems in the brain that are essential to safe driving, strengthening the brain’s ability to process so that motorists can focus better, keep track of more on the road and react faster while driving.

• Check with a medical professional regarding over-the-counter and prescription medication. Warning labels on medications may indicate whether side effects affect driving ability.

• Exercise regularly to improve muscle strength and strengthen heart and lungs. Range of motion and flexibility will also be improved.

The decision to drive or not to drive for a senior will often be a difficult choice. By becoming informed ahead of time, seniors and their families will be better prepared to make these decisions.

For more information on aging drivers, visit www.aaaaz.com/seniordrivers.htm.

 

Linda Gorman is the public affairs director for AAA Arizona. Reach her at (602) 650.2716 or lgorman@arizona.aaa.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

ASU Football: Kickoff time, television arrangements announced for UCLA-Arizona State game

The Arizona State Sun Devils may be focused on their trip to Los Angeles and USC this week, but some news regarding their game in 12 days was …

Published: September 26, 2016 - 11:45 pm @ http://www.houseofsparky.com/2016/9/26/13059654/as…

Exclusive: Controversial U.S. energy loan program has wiped out losses

Thu Nov 13, 2014 | 12:02 AM EST The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in t…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 10:43 pm @ http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0IX0A120141113

Response: Recognize Students When They Learn From Mistakes

60239 (This is the fourth post in a five-part series on this topic. You can see Part One here, Part Two here and Part Three here. ) The new qu…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 9:43 pm @ http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with…

Voters Nationally Say Clinton Won Debate 51/40

We came to PPP after a public poll in the San Jose Mayoral race showed our opponent ahead by 8 points. They found our candidate (Sam Liccardo)…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 9:06 pm @ http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2016/09/vo…

Phoenix man changes his plea to guilty in a drug case

PHOENIX - A Phoenix man has changed his plea to guilty in a drug case. Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Christopher Hustrulid plea…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 8:12 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Cartel Coffee Is Giving Away Free Coffee On Thursday, September 29

Teresa Traverse A A No, that headline is not too good to be true: On Thursday, September 29, Cartel will be giving away your choice of one fre…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 7:42 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/cartel-…

Driving your own car could one day be a socially unacceptable public health risk

In 2014, over 32,000 people were killed in car crashes in the U.S. In 2012, more than two million Americans visited the emergency room as a re…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 7:12 pm @ http://www.businessinsider.com/driving-your-own-ca…

Not Your Father's GOP: The Deficit Debate Has Disappeared

Donald Trump says eliminating burdensome regulations is the key to spurring economic growth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) (First appea…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 7:05 pm @ http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/gop-deficit-…

‘Erin Brockovich’ Carcinogen Found in the Drinking Water of More than 75% of Americans

Unsafe levels of a cancer-causing chemical called chromium-6 are contaminating the tap water of more than 200 million Americans in all 50 stat…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 7:00 pm @ https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/ch…

Standing Rock Stakes Claim for Sovereignty

Mainstream media would have most of us believe that the current struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota is all about clean water – that its on…

Published: September 26, 2016 - 6:38 pm @ http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/09/standing-rock-st…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…