New report indicates that older drivers are getting safer

Kevin Magna

November 17, 2010

A new report conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently shown that the number of fatal crashes involving drivers age 70 and over has declined by 37 percent, a much larger decrease than found in drivers 35 to 54, The New York Times reports.

This seems to indicate that families who are worried about older members of the family still driving may not have quite as concerned. While caution may still be necessary, the new data shows that older drivers are no longer as dangerous as they once were.

"It probably has something to do with the cohort," chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board Deborah Hersman told the news provider. "Folks are more healthy, more active and more active drivers."

She added that there is no longer a one-age-fits-all solution when it comes to deciding when a senior should stop driving. Instead, families will have to decide based on an individual's health.

Remaining behind the wheel can be one way for seniors to live their golden years independently. Those who are interested in remaining safe while aging in their own homes may also want to consider installing a medical alarm system, which can be used to immediately send a personal emergency response message to doctors if assistance is required.