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Older drivers and car accidents

Many senior citizens in Florida maintain their independence and mobility by driving. However, older motorists have a higher risk of being involved in car accidents. According to the Voice of America News, the primary causes that lead to older motorists driving dangerously are not vision and hearing challenges. Instead, these incidents are caused from issues that are related to mental dexterity and complex processing skills.

Many senior citizens are still a danger to other motorists on the roads, even though some of them have maintained good driving records for years. Many elderly drivers are driving far less frequently than they have in the past and are avoiding dangerous driving situations. However, they are still more dangerous on the roads than reckless teenage drivers are. Teen motorists have a fatality rate that is four times lower than the fatality rate for senior drivers who are over the age of 85.

There are steps older drivers can take to keep themselves safe while they are on the roads. Senior citizens who insist on driving themselves should plan their trips using the safest routes possible, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They can also ask others to drive them around, use public transportation or use a taxi or ride-sharing service to avoid being involved in car accidents. The frequency of vehicle wrecks involving older motorists can be further reduced if seniors also avoid driving at night.

Older people who intend to exercise their driving privileges should also wear corrective vision aids and make sure they are capable of driving safely to protect everyone on the road.

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