Thursday, 29 September 2011

Older Drivers Able to Self Regulate Driving to Avoid Accidents

San Fernando Valley car accident lawyers find that senior motorists have a much better safety record than teen drivers, but older drivers are more likely than middle-aged drivers to be involved in accidents. A new survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, however, indicates that older motorists are capable of regulating their driving in order to avoid traffic accidents.

The survey involved a single group of drivers aged 65 and above, who were surveyed every year between 2006 and 2008, and then again between 2009 and 2011. The surveyors were looking at how older motorists’ driving abilities changed with age, and how they responded to these diminishing abilities.

For instance, the surveyors asked the participants in the study about any medical impairment that they had suffered that year, including failing vision, hearing loss and mobility-related impairments like difficult in turning the head and slow responses. The researchers and San Fernando Valley car accident lawyers were pleasantly surprised to find that when older drivers found their driving abilities were being threatened by diminishing faculties, they tended to avoid certain driving situations. When impairment levels increased, the drivers responded by modifying their driving habits.

However, few motorists in the survey said that they gave up driving altogether when they found that their faculties were declining. Also, few motorists seemed to be in any hurry to cut back on their driving. In other words, older drivers were more likely to avoid certain situations, like driving at night or driving during rush hour when they noticed failing eyesight, than give up driving altogether.

That only signifies how precious driving privileges are for senior motorists, and the challenge that loved ones can expect to face if they believe that it's time for the senior driver to give up the car keys.

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