There is no maximum age to be eligible to drive in the state of Alabama. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), senior drivers aged 65 and older were responsible for 67% of car accident fatalities in 2020.
One of the reasons for these statistics is that seniors tend to have a 30% slower reaction time behind the wheel than drivers who are younger.
Safety tips for elderly drivers
If you have an elderly driver in your family, discuss these safe-driving tips with them. Remind them to:
- Obey the traffic laws. Use turn signals and don’t drive too fast or too slow, Doing so is dangerous for both themselves and others sharing the road with them.
- Do not engage in distracted driving. Phone calls and text messages can wait. Stay alert and keep your eyes on the road.
- Make sure that your car is properly maintained. Everything needs to be in top condition. If there are any issues with your car take it to a service center to be checked out.
- Know your limits. Don’t push yourself if you aren’t feeling well. Wait until you feel better to drive
- Arrange for a ride if you need to get somewhere but aren’t up to driving yourself. Call a friend or an Uber.
For many seniors, driving represents their last bit of independence and they are understandably reluctant to give that up. For this same reason, family members are often hesitant to take the keys away from their elderly relatives. Yet, that might be the best option for them and for others on the road.
What if I’m injured by a senior driver?
If you have been injured by a senior driver seek assistance to recover the costs for injuries and damages.