Are Elderly Drivers Safe?
A NHTSA study of 1,995 FARS (Fatal Accident Reporting System) data reports that senior citizens accounted for:
- 5% of all people injured in traffic crashes
- 13% of all traffic fatalities
- 13% of all vehicle occupant fatalities
- 18% of all pedestrian fatalities
Does Driving Skills of Elderly Decline with Age?
Yes, but just like other age groups, driving skills vary from one elderly person to another. Telling elderly drivers that it may be time to stop driving can be one of the most difficult milestones for caregivers. Driving represents freedom and independence for the elderly, the ability to visit friends, go to the movies and shop, without relying on anyone else.
Revoking an elderly person’s driver’s license over a certain age is not an acceptable solution. Elderly driving skills vary widely at all ages. It is unfair to punish most elderly drivers for problems caused by only a few drivers.
When the question of declining driving abilities becomes personal, the issues involved with Seniors driving are very emotional. Senior drivers might get defensive, even angry, when the subject of their driving abilities is raised. Thus, include the elderly person in the decision-making process if at all possible, rather than dictate a decision to them. It can also be very helpful if both you and your elderly loved one discuss the matter together with family members, doctors, and other people they respect, such as clergy and friends. Despite your best efforts, you may still have to make the decision to stop for them for their own safety and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.
A Common Solution:
Alerts 911 EMT GPS Watch have been found to have amazing results with senior citizen drivers. Every year statistics have shown that our senior citizens are having major problems driving. Being considered high-risk drivers, seniors over the age of 65 find themselves involved in a high-rate of auto accidents and fender benders. GPS tracking system devices provide senior drivers and their family members an avenue to improve safety and monitor driving.
Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other physical aliments/problems are serious disabilities affecting many elderly. These conditions can have an enormous negative impact on a senior’s driving capabilities. By using GPS tracking systems on our senior’s automobiles we can find out with certainty if their physical or mental condition is having an effect on their driving habits. GPS tracking systems can alert family members, friends, or Alerts 911 EMT Response Center if a senior relative is excessively speeding, driving to slow, engaging in repetitious driving habits such as circling around a particular area a great deal, or is simply lost and of need assistance. With the help of Alerts 911 EMT GPS tracking system technology people can now detect and decide if it is time for our Senior’s to hang up the car keys, or feel confident with them sharing the roadways with everyone safely.
With GPS tracking devices now available and affordable to all consumers, we can protect our seniors and the others around them by monitoring their movements when the time is right. Seniors are very reluctant to give up their car keys and adapt to new technology, but when a EMT GPS Watch tracking device can provide proof that the time has come for them to hang up their keys you can rest assured you made the right decision.