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Recently I attended the Lifesavers Conference on behalf of Toyota. This was an incredible conference dedicated to all aspects of driving safety. An important and growing concern is driving safety for older adults and how to know when it’s time to give up the keys. This was the focus of one of the workshops led by the Deputy Director of TREDS (Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety).
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 there were 30 million drivers over the age of 65. By 2030, there will be 71 million. While there are fewer drivers over 85 years-old on the road, they are involved in four times as many fatal accidents than other aged drivers.
The greatest issues for older drivers are as follows:
• Not scanning roadways
• Difficulty staying in the same lane
• Inappropriate or delayed stopping
• Lane changes without signaling
• Pedal misapplication
• Failure to yield/respond appropriately to road signs and signals
For many adult children, having “the talk” with their parents about when it’s no longer safe to drive is difficult. After all, getting your license when you’re a teen symbolizes true freedom and having the keys taken away as a senior represents a significant loss of independence. But it’s not only a question of their safety but other motorists and pedestrians who could be impacted by their inability to drive safely. This video offers a chilling reminder of what could happen to our parent if we don’t take away their keys.
For more information on how to talk to your parent about driving safety and to understand some of the issues, you can visit AAA’s Senior Driving site to get some great information.
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