Older Driver Safety Awareness Week begins with focus on improved safety measures
The New York state Office for the Aging is encouraging older drivers and their families to use several resources that can help avoid accidents for Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.
While age alone is not a predictor of risk, there are several factors that can lead to unsafe driving conditions for older adults, including medical issues and impairment caused by prescription medication.
Recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation underscore the need for enhanced safety measures among drivers aged 65 and above. In 2021, this age group accounted for 17% of all traffic-related fatalities. However, various adaptive modifications in vehicles, such as swivel seats, hand controls, and pedal extenders, offer tailored solutions to address their specific needs and enhance driving comfort.
Moreover, advancements in driver assistance technologies, including automatic emergency braking and blind spot intervention, among others, provide crucial support.
Self-evaluation or observing loved ones who are elderly drivers can aid in recognizing signs of difficulty, such as struggles with remembering regular routes or feeling overwhelmed by traffic signals, potentially indicating a need to explore alternative driving methods.
Additionally, here are some essential tips for elderly drivers: staying physically active to maintain strength and flexibility, planning travel routes in advance, and selecting optimal road conditions for travel to ensure safety. The office also recommends having vision checked every year and driving during daylight hours only in good weather.