Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: December 5-9, 2022
In 2020 there were 55.7 million people - 17% of the total U.S. population - who were 65 and older. It is important to note, simply getting older does not mean a person’s driving days are over. Age related changes in vision, physical functioning, and the ability to reason and remember, as well as some diseases and medications, might affect some older adults’ driving abilities.
It is important, however, to plan ahead and take steps to ensure the safety of older loved ones on the road. The risk of crashes for older drivers is in part related to physical, visual, and cognitive changes associated with aging, medical conditions and the medications used to treat them.