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With the constant rise of life expectancy, maturing adults are gaining more and more hold and influence in everyday life: as a consumer power, electoral power, and growing number of drivers on the road.
Since 1997, the number of licensed older drivers in America increased by 30%, and according to the Federal Highway Administration, there are about 23 million licensed older drivers, which represent 11% of our population.
This situation holds many advantages, like gaining access for better mobility and independence, but also suggests driving acclimation and a new level of safety concern.
Across the U.S, about 500 older adult drivers are involved in car accidents each day. According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008), nearly 5,500 older drivers lost their lives in car crash incidents, and about 183,000 were injured. Fatal accidents decreased in 2012 to 4,079, but still represent a considerable amount of driving casualties each year for older drivers.
In addition, the risk of physical damage increases with age due to susceptibility to injury, as well as, a possible decline in cognitive functioning that could affect driving skills.
So what can be done?
It is advised to try and drive only in safe conditions: no driving in harsh weather, or in low visibility conditions.
Safety education can be beneficial, as various organizations such as AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and AAA (American Automobile Association) offer various courses regarding education for road safety, specifically adjusted for older drivers.
Protecting yourself and others by installing a new anti-collision technology in your existing car today. Products offered by SAFE DRIVE SYSTEMS have the same technology of lane departure and forward-collision protection offered in new luxury car brands for the car you drive today. This gives older drivers the extra time to react to imminent danger on the road. Safe Drive Systems RD-140 works effectively in all weather conditions – day or night to warn drivers (audible/visual) in advance of life threatening car accidents.
So, ask yourself, are you taking the necessary safety steps to protect yourself and others? For more information on how RD-140 anti-collision protection technology can keep you and others safe, call Safe Drive Systems at 1-800-825-2032 today.