Senior Drivers Support Tougher Driving Laws for Themselves

Grandpa's_first_car,_Model_T_coupe,with_artillery_wheels_Edward_a_O'DIt’s well known that, statistically, senior drivers tend to support stricter laws against texting while driving and driving under the influence. A lesser known fact recently revealed by the AAA Foundation is that more than seven out of ten drivers 65 and older favor a more thorough license renewal process for seniors over the age of 75.

Additionally, the AAA Foundation report found:

  • Nearly 80 percent of drivers over age 75 favor medical screenings for drivers ages 75 and older

  • Nearly 90 percent of older drivers (65 and older) reported no crashes in the last two years

  • Similarly, 90 percent of older drivers reported no moving violations

  • 65 percent of drivers age 75 and older reported never using a cell phone while driving compared to only 48 percent of the younger “older” drivers (those age 65-69) who never use a phone when behind the wheel

Earlier this year, the AAA Foundation also released the Understanding Older Drivers: an Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use and Travel Behaviors report that found:

  • 86 percent of those age 65 and older still drive
  • 84 percent of Americans age 65 and older hold a driver’s license compared to barely half in the early 1970s
  • 68 percent of drivers age 85 plus report driving five or more days a week

It seems that the generation who gets arguably the worst reputation as drivers is actually pretty hard on themselves. Also, these senior drivers may not have earned such infamy.

This information was gained from a AAA press release. For more information, visit this site.