Elderly Female Drivers at Greater Risk of Being in a Car AccidentOctober 31, 2019
Giving up a driver’s license is one of the most difficult decisions that some elderly drivers must make. It means giving up a certain degree of freedom, independence, and the ability to remain self-sufficient. However, as difficult as the decision may be, if it is no longer safe for the driver to get behind the wheel due to physical or cognitive declines that are age-related, it is the right decision for the driver, as well as the other passengers and motorists on the road. According to a recent study, female drivers over the age of 70 are close to three times more likely to be involved in a car accident than their spouse.
According to the study, 173 female drivers over the age of 70 were killed or seriously injured in a car accident for every billion miles traveled. Only 63 male drivers of the same age were involved in car accidents that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. In other words, female drivers over the age of 70 are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident. Researchers believe that this is largely because females are more likely to be a passenger when riding with their husbands. As a result, they do not have the same level of driving experience as their husbands by the time they reach age 70 or older.
Becoming the Default Driver After Decades as a Passenger
Researchers also point out that women have longer life expectancies than men, so they are more likely to continue driving well into old age if they are physically and mentally able to do so. However, when they take the driver’s seat after decades of being the passenger, it can have dangerous consequences. Interestingly, while females tend to live longer, only one-third of female drivers over the age of 70 voluntarily gave up their driver’s license. For some female drivers, suddenly becoming the default driver after years of being a passenger can be unsettling and lead to a lack of confidence behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this can lead to car accidents.
For many senior drivers, their car is their lifeline to friends, family, and the community. It helps keep them physically, mentally, and emotionally active and connected. For some older drivers, giving up their driving privileges is the smart and safe thing to do. However, for others, it is a matter of keeping their driving skills up to date and making sure that they get as much driving experience as possible to build confidence and competence behind the wheel. This will help senior drivers avoid being involved in serious car accidents.
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