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As Baby Boomers continue to reach retirement, the average age of drivers on the nation’s highways is climbing. While a common perception is that senior behind the wheel put other drivers at higher risk for injury, they are actually less likely than teen drivers are to cause fatal and non-fatal accidents. The truth is that older drivers are more likely to cause harm to themselves when they hit the road.
The Facts about Seniors Behind the Wheel
According to the CDC, almost 4,000 drivers age 70 and older die in car accidents each year. On average, 500 seniors are injured car crashes every day. Both are pretty worrisome statistics for the adult children of older drivers.
To try to determine the reasons seniors have accidents, MIT AgeLab and The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence investigated what happens when seniors climb behind the wheel of a car. Their study specifically looked at the role physical fitness might play in keeping older drivers safe. The results were pretty significant.
Is the Senior You Love Fit for Driving?
Researchers discovered that fitness plays a key role in how safe a senior is driving. Because physical activity helps older adults maintain both flexibility and range of motion, seniors who exercise regularly have fewer car accidents.
There are three areas that are particularly important for senior drivers:
Exercise for Mature Drivers is a complimentary guide that was created as a result of this survey. You can download it for yourself or to share with the seniors in your life.
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