Better Built Cars and Healthier Seniors
There is some interesting news on the nation’s ever growing older drivers. A decade ago safety experts predicted a big increase in the number of traffic accidents by the aging population. Turns out, that has not occurred.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said a current study shows drivers 70 and over are less likely to be involved in a traffic accident than aged drivers of other eras. And they are less likely to die or be seriously injured if they find themselves in a traffic mishap.
The reason: better built automobiles and healthier seniors.
A Caveat to the Study
There is a major caveat to the study: While current seniors may be better drivers at
age 70 and above than their parents or grandparents, what they cannot do as well as they did when they were younger is have a glass of wine or two with dinner and drive safely. Or so says University of Florida researcher Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.
She did tests with non-intoxicating levels of alcohol on people 25 to 35 and 55 to 70 to determine its effects on driving skills. Though not over the legal alcohol consumption limit, the driving skills of those over 55 were affected by just one drink
As always, the bottom line is that no matter your age, it is never a good idea to drink and drive.
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