Senior Driving: How Older Drivers Maintain Safety And Independence On The Road

Feb 25, 2019

Though drivers 65 and older wear seatbelts and drive the speed limit more than other age groups, but they have the second highest, after teen drivers, crash death rate per mile driven. How do age-related health challenges impact driver safety? And what can someone do to stay safe on the road, or help a loved one make safe driving decisions? We discuss all this, plus technology and education for drivers, and options for those who no longer drive.

GUESTS:

  • Todd Fahey - State Director for AARP New Hampshire
  • Staci Frazier - Occupational Therapist with DriveAbility at Exeter Hospital, which provides evaluations, education, and training that allow people to gain or regain the ability to drive.  
  • William Joseph - Deputy Director of the NH DMV

Related Reading And Resources:

AARP has many resources related to driving safety available here

AARP has a seminar for having a conversation with a loved one about their driving safety: "We Need to Talk."

AAA has statistics and FAQ about senior drivers

NH DHHS has a list of resources for those who need transportation if they cannot drive.

The American Medical Association has a Physician's Guide for Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers