With advances in medicine and nutrition enabling people to maintain active lives longer, the number of older drivers is increasing. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, by the year 2030, one in five Americans will be over age 65 and most will still be driving.
Older drivers are less likely to speed or drive under the influence of alcohol than any other age group. However, compared to other age groups, drivers over age 70 are more likely to be involved in a Wisconsin car crash as well as die in the accident as a result.
Many states have responded to our aging population with special programs, tools and resources for older drivers and their families. Many states have also adapted their driver’s licensing laws for older drivers, though Wisconsin requires nothing additional for senior drivers beyond the rules for all drivers: renewing their driver’s license in person and passing a vision test or submitting test results from a vision specialist every eight years.
As we or our loved ones become senior citizens, it makes sense to seek resources that can prevent us from getting into a Milwaukee car wreck.
Programs for Senior Drivers
The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers a Mature Operators Driver Improvement class for drivers who are age 55 and older. It combines online and classroom instruction to provide “tips and techniques to help experienced drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes, and response time.” Also included is a short refresher course on defensive driving skills as well as new traffic laws, signs, and road markings.
AAA also provides a program called CarFit, which aims to improve the “fit” between senior drivers and their vehicles for maximum comfort and safety. CarFit provides information on community resources that are designed to help seniors strengthen or maintain wellness to “extend their safe, independent driving years.”
Other Resources for Senior Drivers
The website SeniorDriving.AAA.com provides much information to the older driver, including an interactive driving evaluation, advice on car buying, maintenance, and assistive accessories, and information on how various age-related changes—such as vision, hearing, reaction time, medications, medical conditions, and mental—can affect driving. Also on the website are resources for the family and friends of senior drivers.
If you are involved in a car accident in Milwaukee that was caused by an older driver, we offer our free helpful publication, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.
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