Driving is one of our ultimate forms of freedom and independence. However, as people age and require more assistance, family members naturally become concerned about whether their loved ones are safe behind the wheel. But does advanced age always mean seniors should give up the keys?
According to Jodi Olshevski, a gerontologist and Executive Director of the Hartford Insurance Company’s Center for Mature Market Excellence, the answer to that questions is no. The number of drivers over the age of 65 has increased 20 percent in the last decade, and results show that older drivers are actually safer, as they are less likely to speed or be distracted by things like texting while driving. Olshevski notes, “A 50-year-old driver may not be safe, and a 95-year-old driver may function perfectly. Driving is a function of ability, not age.”
If you’ve ever been concerned about an older loved one’s abilities behind the wheel, take a look at this article from the New York Times. You might just change your mind.
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