AAA research offers ways for senior citizens to extend driving career, if they are fit to do so

MERIDEN, Conn (WTNH) — Driving comes with a big responsibility and it’s own set of dangers. There’s often a big concern for elderly drivers who are still behind the wheel. Especially since there are currently 36 million drivers on the road over the age of 65. That number is expected to increase significantly over the next decade.

“You’re aging and your reflexes are a little slower,” said William Kinney of Meriden. He’s had his license since 1948 and knows his limitations.

“I voluntarily decide not to travel at night unless I have to, “said Kinney. “I can do it, but it’s uncomfortable.”

“There are a lot of people who are very concerned about their parents, their older driver parents,” said Fran Mayko, spokesperson for AAA Northeast.

“To extend your driving career there are certain compromises you can make, ” said Mayko. “Some of those compromises are buying a car with advanced technologies that will help you on the road.”

Some of those features include:

  • Forward collision warnings
  • Park assist
  • Backup cameras
  • Automatic crash notification
  • Navigation assistance systems

Having an older person give up their keys before it’s necessary can often lead to a loss of independence. Seniors who have to do this are nearly two times more likely to experience depression and five time more likely to enter a long term facility.

Keep in mind that while the technology in newer cars can be beneficial, it’s not meant to replace good driving skills. If you have a family maybe who is a danger on the road then it may be time for have a family intervention for the sake of safety.




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