A blog posting by the New York Times today highlighted an interesting report on elderly drivers.  Against what seems to be widespread expectations, the report, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that the “fatal crash risk [for elderly drivers] has declined during the past decade and has declined at a faster rate than for middle-age drivers”.  It further finds that “[t]he decreased risk for older drivers appears to extend not only to nonfatal injury crashes but also to property-damage-only crashes”.   The blog also includes a link to a forum on ageing drivers conducted in Washington, DC, by the U.S.’s National Transportation Safety Board.  The forum included information on a number of interesting research areas, such as “crash data, travel patterns, vehicle protections, highway design and driver screening and training,” but perhaps its most important finding is that there is no singular age in which elderly drivers should not drive anymore.  Instead, elderly drivers, their families and state authorities need to find a way to create personalized programs that allow for independence as long as possible, but that also take into account safety.

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The New York Times

See videos of the NTSB’s forum here.

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