AAA Urges Seniors and Their Families to Have Conversations about Driving and Aging
ORLANDO, Florida, December 3, 2009
In support of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, AAA encourages advance planning to keep senior drivers safe and mobile as they age
Is it safe for them to continue driving?
Are there tools to help them be safer?
How do we know when it’s time to hang up the keys?
What options exist when they can no longer drive?
To address this growing concern among families across the country, AAA provides expert advice, research-based tools and resources through its safety and mobility web site—AAASeniors.com. The information and tools on the site are designed to aid in prompting conversations, assessing abilities and improving the comfort and safety of older drivers.
“Many people do not know where to turn for help to address the safety and mobility challenges often faced by older drivers and their families. AAASeniors.com provides the tools needed to create an action plan to help manage the inevitable consequences of aging, and the effects of aging on driving ability,” said Jake Nelson, director, AAA Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in five people will be age 65 or older by 2030, with an estimated 90 percent licensed to drive. In support of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, Dec. 6-12, AAA encourages seniors and their families to take the first step in addressing this difficult issue by having a conversation about driving and aging.
“People age 65 and older represent the fastest growing segment of the country’s population, which makes their safe driving ability an issue that millions of families are facing. AAA encourages seniors and their families to use Older Driver Safety Awareness Week as an opportunity to begin a conversation about safe mobility. AAA can provide the resources needed to help guide them through this process,” said Nelson.
For many seniors, conversations about continued safe driving can easily spark strong emotional reactions such as concerns about personal independence and managing other day-to-day activities. Fortunately, these conversations also can serve as opportunities for constructive communication and problem solving.
Talking with an older driver is just the first step. AAA also provides guidance and tools to help develop and implement an action plan.
- AAA Roadwise Review is a computer-based tool designed to assess a driver’s functional abilities important to safe driving.
- CarFit and AAA’s Smart Features for Mature Drivers help to enhance seniors’ comfort and safety while driving.
- Safe Driving for Mature Operators classroom and online courses provide driver training to help address the changes caused by aging and how a driver may compensate.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
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