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Driving Issues for Seniors

Driving is not an issue seniors generally like to talk about. But there are times when it is prudent to take a look at the issue and deal with reality. The Center for Disease Control says, " In 2017, almost 7,700 older adults (aged 65+) were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 257,000 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries.2 This means that each day, approximately 20 older adults are killed, and an additional 700 are injured in motor vehicle crashes." These figures exceed the national average.

Driving keeps us mobile and independent, but the older we get, the higher the risk of injury. The CDC reports "Older drivers, particularly those aged 75+, have higher crash death rates than middle-aged drivers (aged 35-54).3 Higher crash death rates among this age group are primarily due to increased vulnerability to injury in a crash." The CDC has a really valuable web page that talks about senior citizens and driving, and SCJ recommends every senior study the page to learn valuable tools and information to remain safe while driving.

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