DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The decision to stop driving is a difficult one for many senior citizens, yet the overwhelming majority are not talking about it with family or physicians.
According to a new AAA study, aging drivers outlive their ability to drive safely by seven to ten years.
AAA suggests families should start the discussion of driving long before any accidents or injuries.
Public Affairs manager for AAA, Cindy Antrican, said, “Transition is an important word, because here’s what we want: we want it to be the driver’s decision when it’s time to not drive anymore. Just like you plan for retirement, you would not walk into your job one day and say, ‘Today’s the day, I’m going to retire,’ you plan for it and drivers need to plan for retirement, so they own that decision.”
Due to their age and health, senior drivers are at a greater risk of serious injury or death if involved in an accident.