Study Finds Driving Difficulties Increase With Age

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 33 million drivers over the age of 65 in 2009. And a recent study from Australian National University found that, even among healthy people, older drivers have an increased rate of critical errors when taking a driving test. Researchers took 266 volunteers with no signs of dementia on a 12-mile drive with a professional driving instructor and an occupational therapist who noted errors, including speeding, veering, tailgating, sudden braking, and failing to check blind spots. The study found that the oldest drivers made four times as many critical mistakes than the youngest participants. In total, 17 percent of the drivers made crucial errors. The research suggests older drivers may require extra training or screening to ensure they are safe to drive. More here.

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