14M Americans Report Road Incidents Involving Elderly Drivers

14M Americans Report Road Incidents Involving Elderly Drivers

A study has revealed interesting data concerning elderly drivers.

Approximately 14-million U.S. drivers between the ages of 16 to 64 reported that they were involved in an accident or a near-accident caused by an elderly driver (ages 65 and older) in the past 12 months. Of those 14-million drivers, 5.8 million reported one incident, while another 5.8 million reported three or more incidents involving an elderly driver. Around 1.9-million Americans reported two incidents of accident or near-accident involving an elderly driver.

Although there are more elderly drivers on U.S. roadways now than ever before, most drivers in America generally believe they are less dangerous than drunk drivers. Only 11 percent of those surveyed said that elderly drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers while 85 percent said they’re not. The remaining three percent replied with “don’t know” and 20 percent of those surveyed refrained from answering the question.

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Interestingly, only six percent of the respondents between the ages of 18 to 29 thought elderly drivers were more dangerous than drunk drivers, while 13 percent of those 65 and older thought elderly drivers were more dangerous.

The study also revealed that 30 percent of Americans 65 years or older prefer for their family to determine whether or not they should still have a driver’s license, while 26 percent prefer to make the decision themselves. Only 10 percent believe the DMV or government should make that decision and the remaining 21 percent believe a doctor or caretaker should make the choice.

  • In Virginia, drivers 70+ are required to renew their drivers license in person at the DMV and must take an eye test. Also, their drivers license will expire in 5 years instead of 8.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver

    I don’t think the DMV should decide if elderly people should keep their license. If anything a doctor who runs comprehensive tests with maybe some input from the family when needed, should determine that, and only in cases where the person in question shows evidence of impaired judgement.

    Aside from that I think the elderly should be first to have access to self driving cars with a considerable seniors discount aside from the trade in value of their current vehicle.