Many people have heard the jokes made at the expense of senior drivers, but what’s the perspective of drivers over the age of 65 on various driving issues, including the licence renewal process for older drivers?
A new report on Older American Drivers and Traffic Safety Culture released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that, in addition to supporting tougher driving laws including bans on the use of wireless devices while driving and ignition interlocks, over seventy percent of drivers aged 65 and older also favored polices requiring an in-person renewal process for drivers aged 75 and older, as well as medical screening requirements for seniors.
In fact, nearly 80 percent of drivers who were themselves aged 75 or older supported a medical screening requirement for relicensing of drivers aged 75 or older.
And as for the traffic and safety statistics? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report, over 90 percent of senior drivers over the age of 75 reported having no motor vehicle crashes or moving violations within the past two years. And when it comes to the use of wireless devices while driving – a major issue when it comes to driving safety – 65 percent of drivers over the age of 75 reported never using a cell phone while driving, in comparison with the forty-eight percent of those “younger” drivers, aged 65 to 69, who reported no cell phone use while driving.
According to Peter Kissinger, the president and CEO of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “Even though public perception tends to unfairly characterize seniors as a menace on the road, these findings indicate that older Americans tend to support policies to keep themselves safer behind the wheel, making them key allies in their mission to keep driving–smarter and longer.”
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