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OLDER DRIVERS

Older Drivers

Old people can be drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists, and they are exposed to different risks in whichever category they fit, and so the NHTSA works intensively to reduce all types of related accidents among elder people.

It is thanks to different programs and activities that the NHTSA help old people adapt themselves to new environments and to their changing abilities. Relatives and friends can help identify individuals that are presenting functional limitations that may turn them into victims of accidents unless the appropriate measures are taken.

Regardless of the high experience old drivers have, it is an undeniable fact that this group of people has the highest rate of fatal crashes right after very young drivers. This is mainly because of the health frailty old people experience, and so they are not as likely as to survive a car accident as young people are.

It is now known that by 2030 the group of drivers aged 65 and older will represent and be involved in 25% of car accidents in the United States, and so it is very important to help elder drivers sharpen their driving skills and to adapt themselves to the new difficulties more traffic will bring along the years.

Insurance companies are aware of this need and so they have joined the government and its different agencies to define what those specific needs are and will be, as well as to be able to identify older drivers whose abilities are diminishing and will need the help and support of their communities.

If you are an older driver keep in mind the following:

Eyesight conditions
It is important that you check your sight regularly, as it is illegal to drive if your eyesight is below average. Keep in mind that you will not be able to tell your eyesight is changing because those changes will be slow.

Medical Conditions:
In case a medical condition is affecting your driving or in case a medical condition is worsening and may eventually affect your driving it is mandatory that you report such events to your nearest DVLA agency. Remember that it is also necessary to notify the use of prescribed medication if it will somehow affect your driving, you can always ask your doctor for this.