Jun 15 by GJEL

San Francisco Seniors Target Pedestrian Accidents with DeathRace 2011

We’ve written a lot about car safety for senior drivers after losing eyesight, motor skills, or mental capacity. But a recent Los Angeles Times report notes that seniors are also in danger of traffic accidents outside their cars. In fact, according to last month’s “Dangerous By Design” study of traffic deaths between 2000 and 2009, seniors comprised a disproportionate 22 percent of pedestrian deaths, while making up 13 percent of the population. This morning, a group of San Francisco seniors plan to bring attention to senior pedestrian accidents with a streets safety event aptly named “DeathRace 2011.”

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May 18 by GJEL

Senior Drivers May Cause More Car Accidents

Taking away the keys from senior drivers is a difficult decision that often causes conflict between family members and friends. But scientists and safety advocates have repeatedly shown that as people age, they often lose the motor skills and mental capacity to remain alert behind the wheel. In this vein, a new report by the American Psychological Association has found that driving errors increase with age both for dangerous drivers and those with a previously impeccable record. So talk to your parent or friend senior driver about the dangers of driving after motor skills decline.

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Mar 11 by GJEL

Senior Driver Safety Checklist Highlights Eyesight and Motor Skills

It’s fortunate for road safety that every state has a minimum age at which teenagers receive their drivers’ license. Before teenagers reach that age, they are simply not developed enough to drive a car skillfully and accept the responsibility that comes with driving a motor vehicle. But there’s no limit on when a safe driver begins to lose the skills and mental capacity necessary for remaining safe behind the wheel. Even if a senior driver begins to lose his or her eyesight and motor skills, most states don’t currently provide guidelines on when it’s time to stop driving.

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Mar 10 by GJEL

Senior Driver Safety Checklist & Self Assessment

There are many factors senior drivers should consider before getting behind the wheel. The topic areas below are subject to each individual and may not apply to everyone. But for most people, age comes with an inevitable decline in eyesight and motor skills. With these concerns in mind, we’ve developed this safety checklist to be referenced by senior drivers prior to operating a motor vehicle. If any of these items portray your current health or situation, then speak with a family member or personal physician to learn more about safety options.

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Feb 10 by GJEL

Safety Record of Older Drivers Scrutinized After Freeway Accident

Have you ever turned the wrong way on a one-way street? How about entered the freeway going the wrong direction? That’s what happened to 83 year-old Clarence Kinney yesterday, right before his pickup truck caused a multi-car accident near San Diego. Fortunately, no passengers including Kinney were hurt in the accident. But the episode raises questions about how old is too old to drive, and suggests that states should begin cracking down on privileges for older drivers.

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Nov 10 by GJEL

National Transportation Safety Board Probes Aging Driver Safety

In the past, study of age-related driving dangers has generally focused on teenagers and twenty somethings, the demographics with the most questionable driving records. More recently, safety experts have begun to investigate the effects of aging on driving skills. This week, for example, the National Transportation Safety Board is hosting the country’s first forum on aging drivers and steps that can be taken to ensure that such drivers get the help they need, and stop driving when it is no longer safe to do so. The two-day Washington DC event includes the testimony of experts and government officials with an emphasis on reducing fatal car accidents.

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Nov 02 by GJEL

Aging Drivers React to Increase in Car Accidents

When is it time for aging drivers to put the keys away due to declining vision and reaction time? That’s the subject of yesterday’s great Oregonian story probing the effects of new laws on Oregon’s aging driver population. A number of states have implemented laws to determine when drivers have lost the skills important for road safety. Oregon requires that drivers over 50 take a vision test to renew their license. California requires in-person license renewal after the age of 70. It’s always a difficult discussion, since taking away the keys can mean the loss of important freedoms.

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Oct 14 by GJEL

National Transportation Safety Board to Host Forum on Aging Driver Safety

Although it’s an incredibily difficult discussion to have, safety experts nationwide are beginning to question when aging drivers should begin to consider cutting down on the amount that they drive. Clearly, aging drivers vary in health and ability, but we will all reach an age at which eyesight, motor skills, and reaction time simply aren’t what they once were. For this reason, the National Transportation Safety Board is hosting a two-day forum on safety for the older driver population in early November.

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Aug 30 by GJEL

Seniority Behind the Wheel: Managing Safety Risks for Older Drivers

Teenagers are notoriously the most dangerous demographic of drivers. But there are dozens of factors that can influence car accidents that have nothing to do with inexperience and immaturity. In fact, older drivers can become a hazard as their eyesight, motor skills, and spatial recognition begins to fade, and a set of safety advocates are beginning to suggest laws to ensure that drivers stay safe on the road as they grow older. This guide lists some of the dangers associated with driving for older adults, and some possible alternatives to help drivers maintain their freedom once they put away the keys.

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