The topic of seniors and driving safety is a sensitive one, and many seniors will bristle at the suggestion that they give up their driving privileges. A new study that was conducted by Caring.com found that approximately 14 million Americans between the age of 18 and 64 reported being involved in an accident involving a senior motorist above the age of 65 in the past 12 months.
The risk of accidents involving senior motorists seemed to be highest among millennials. Americans between the age of 18 and 29 reported the highest rates of accidents and near-miss accidents involving senior drivers.
There were other very interesting findings from the study. For instance, the study found that overall, motorists do not regard senior motorists as the most dangerous drivers on the road. Senior drivers however, do not share that view. They were most likely to believe that senior motorists are much more dangerous than alcohol-impaired drivers.
For a senior motorist, driving is a sign of independence, and loss of driving privileges can cause a senior motorist to suffer depression. Therefore, it is important for loved ones of a senior motorist to assess the situation, evaluate the person’s driving skills, and monitor the level of impairment before they finally decide that it’s time for the senior to stop driving.
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