As we age, our eyesight tends to decline while our reflexes begin to slow. While this prompts many seniors to hang up the car keys for good, others continue driving well into their golden years, leaving many concerned about their safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of older drivers increased 21 percent between 2003 and 2012. With the population of senior drivers rising, the number of senior driving accidents is also climbing—from the previous year, 2012 saw a three percent hike in fatalities and a 16 percent hike in injuries related to car accidents involving seniors.
Thankfully, the NHTSA came up with a five-year strategic plan to minimize the risks for older drivers and enhance their safety on the road. The plan focuses on three main areas: