If you are of the mindset that older drivers should be forced to re-take their driving test, you are not alone. In fact, a whopping 70% of those over a certain age happen to agree with that sentiment and are more than happy to prove their capabilities once more.
According to a recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a large proportion of senior citizens back the idea that any driver who is over the age of 75 should face strict medical screening and have their current driving skills reassessed. At the time of writing this article only 33 states currently had made extra provisioning for this particular demographic. The reasons for this may have more than a few political overtones, or so it seems. It is believed that due to the fact that senior citizens are responsible for more active votes than any other age group, the proposal for extra testing may cause a negative reaction. This notion appears to be rather off the mark as the AAA survey results have revealed.
As well as being rather keen to prove their capability as drivers in on the ever busy roads here in the USA, it is believed that the senior population are happy to show their accountability also. Despite their advancing years, the survey has indicated that the 75 and over group are more conscientious than the younger age bracket and this statistic has not gone unnoticed. Just think about the number of careless drivers who cause motor mayhem on a regular basis as a result of using their cell phone whilst at the wheel, older drivers may not be able to match them for reactions but they certainly behave more responsibly where it matters.
Baby Boom and Adjustment
Twenty six percent of the US population were 65 or over in 2011 and today, 9 out of 10 of that number are still driving today. It is only a matter of time until the advanced age group start to experience more accidents due to physical issues such as failing eyesight and slower reactions. Therefore it is seen by many of these senior citizens as a matter of common sense to start enforcing a stricter testing regime sooner rather than later. On a slightly different approach, Florida is known as a preferred retirement destination and they have made adjustments by way of installing larger and easier to read road signs to help their ever-growing population of baby boomers stay safer whilst on 4 wheels.
Hopefully, before long, every US state will soon have the appropriate legislation in place that will keep drivers over and under 75 as safe as possible when driving. Now if only they could do something to deal with the cell phone/driving issue; that would be truly amazing.