Ageing drivers in the US

Ageing drivers in the US

Home / News | posted on 24 10 2016

The latest data shows that nearly 20% of drivers in the US are aged 65 or more, and women drivers now outnumber male drivers. These new figures support US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's "Beyond Traffic", a 30-year vision for future transportation, which predicts a 77% increase among drivers over age 65 by 2045.

Federal Highway Administration researchers continue to develop and improve safety enhancements for America's roads to address the challenges facing older drivers, ranging from declining vision to decreased flexibility and psychomotor performance, and changes in perceptual and cognitive performance. Some innovations include longer merge lanes, roundabouts, better lighting, more visible signage and other intersection improvements. Statistically, older drivers do not have a particularly high crash rate, perhaps because they tend to offset their declining physical capabilities by driving more conservatively.

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