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New Topic we need to get older drivers off the roa
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Willy-N    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:17:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just read a study by AAA on older drivers! Scary when you think of how many there are still on the road driving. Read this! Mark H.

While the conventional wisdom is that older drivers represent a substantial threat to other drivers, the truth of the matter may be that they represent a bigger threat to themselves. A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found drivers over the age of 65 are almost twice (1.78 times) as likely to die in car crashes as drivers age 55 to 64.

Sadly, as drivers age things rapidly go from bad to worse. The report also revealed that drivers over 75 were over two-and-a-half times (2.59) as likely to die in a car crash and drivers over 85 were almost four times (3.72) as likely to die when compared to drivers aged 55 to 64. As if you didn't know it before, bad things happen to drivers when they age. When drivers get older, the likelihood of death or injury in car crashes increases, as does the likelihood that an older driver will be involved in a left-turn crash, be affected by illness or suffer from lapses in perception that could contribute to a crash. About the only thing older drivers seem destined to avoid is a bad case of acne, which affects the other big crash-injury group, teens and young adults.

"As we age, our reaction time and other cognitive skills can diminish," said Peter Kissinger, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "For instance, our eyesight deteriorates to such an extent that by age 60 we require 10 times the amount of light necessary to see an object as when we were 16."

These statistics culled from the Texas Transportation Institute study for the AAA Foundation are all the more troubling since the population of seniors is increasing substantially. By 2030 one in five Americans will be 65 or older.

"Second only to teen drivers, older drivers are the second most likely group to sustain injuries or death in traffic crashes," said Kissinger. "It is vital that seniors periodically and honestly review their driving performance."



Bill    Posted 02-09-2005 at 06:02:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'll agree that there is a problem. My mother was involved in a wreck about a year ago. She is over 80 and apparently even though she's driven everything on wheels and some things on tracks, she forgot that she was driving an autotransmission and shifted into reverse in the middle of a four lane highway.

She hasn't recovered. According to the doctor trauma at that age can do that.

However, I don't know how the dangerous ones can be sorted out. Age plays a part but so does arrogance and idiocy which are not age dependant.

Personnally I get tired of getting pushed down the blacktop doing ten mph over the speed limit and then watching the same ones do 50 mph on the four lane. One yokel brags about how many times he's bagged the ditch in the last year- and he's about 50!


Back up the truck    Posted 02-09-2005 at 04:27:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

Left out of this report was the loss of concentration or losing focus of Seniors on the road. I know, as much as I want to deny it I'm there.

I don't want to go anywhere anymore, traffic has become fast on our roads then the Indy speedway. When bro lost it last month, traffic was 75MPH on that E-way. He ain't far behind me in age. And I question his judgment driving.

me, I drive at the least four pickum-up-truck miles per round trip two/three times a day tending animal needs. Add more tractor time miles. Throw in some ATV. And these are relatively safe miles... to the public at least.

Other wise I find I lose my concentration from time to time. My attention slips. And it becomes a major battle remaining focused on the road and My place on it. Reflexes have slown, spotting/reading signs difficult to read and understand. Thankfully, the more important ones have their distinctive shape.

Going to town/any town requires a "Do I really want to go" consideration. I acknowledge my limitations. yet looking around here. There's not many folks by me, doing any better, any safer at driving than myself.
At least, I know my limitations.

Tune in tomorrow to see if Iíve done the right thing?
Fern(Mi)




sawtooth    Posted 02-09-2005 at 03:49:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last week I was in a meeting, the speaker talked mainly about Social Security. He had some trivia questions. One question he asked...how many people with alzeheimers (sp?) there are in Florida with driver's licenses? Someone said "almost all of them". The correct answer is "about 500,000"!


Farmall    Posted 02-08-2005 at 19:13:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Well, the way I see it is this. When the kids are made to get off the road, then, when im that age, I ll get off too. The way I see it, is, ive paid taxes on those roads for a whole lot longer, and put on the uniform to defend the right for any sane and reasonably safe driver to be on them, I have never been a really safe driver, and have had a doz wreaks over 40 yrs driving. NEver hurt anyone, never been hurt. I know my driving aint going to get any better, and I like was mentioned hate to drive nights, but I get up at 3 15 to go to work, and thats about as night as it gets an drive 40 miles to Tulsa.


Jet9N    Posted 02-08-2005 at 19:06:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark,

You hit close to home. Just last sunday an 89 year old ran a stop sign and his 87 year old wife got killed about 10 miles from here.

Some aging does help as you say below. I see that at baseball games. An 18 year old was playing shortstop. Nimble as can be. Then half way thru the game they put a guy past 30. This guy was moving with swing of the bat and fielded balls the kid would have missed. It's called experience.

Jet



Stan ETenn    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:43:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did you see the study that showed using a cell phone by a young person put them on an elderly persons driving level? I just naturally want to defend the very young and the very old. The rest of us should be able to take care of ourselves if we use a little common sense. Rare item in a lot of people. Every time we lose one of our oldtimers we lose a library.


Willy-N    Posted 02-08-2005 at 18:26:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a hard enought time useing a cell phone standing let alone driving. I see people driving talking, dialing and reading at the same time while behind the wheel! Mark H.


toolman    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:30:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i think that is baloney too, only reason we get killed more often we like our speed comming from under the car hood not a pill from the local drug dealer.id drive with an old timer anyday before id drive with a younger person who has spent the better part rearranging his brain cells with CRACK, but then hey that ,s just me most folks say im crazy anys lol.way to go willy your rollin them out tonight haha.


Willy-N    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:39:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did not start the truck one!! I let it go for a while befor I jumped in. Heck I drive a truck and took it personaly some what. I just thought I would start one that might bug some other drivers out there. Like people who don't need to own a 4X4 cause it never gets put in 4 wheel drive but looks cool in the city!! They only need tiny cars if in the city and leave the bigger truck for country folks who need to haul stuff around. Now the city folks have made the manufactures turn trucks into cars and made the price of them go thru the roof! Mark H.


toolman    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:56:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
and the cost of gas too, if they weren,t running around in a 4x4 hauling air, and used something they got 50mpg then the cost of fuel might go down, be more parking spaces , and probably more room on the roads too, but nope they need the yuppie mobile.


Ret    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:25:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
there is some truth in that article, I am approaching 75 and I know I am not the driver I was. However, I do think most elderly drivers slow it down a bit. A lot of them, me included, don't drive as much at night as we did. Now, in Va you got to take a vision test when you hit 80. That seems kind of strange to me. To really make the roads safe, we ought to eliminate all the elderly truck drivers.
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Willy-N    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:33:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
At 53 my vision test made me wear glasses to drive now. Still think I see better with out them but I need them to see the gauges clear and that machine they test my eyes with at the DMV! I drive much better now then when I was young! Heck I got so many tickets and wrecks in my younger years it is a wonder I am alive today! Mark H.


yeah    Posted 02-08-2005 at 18:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
first car was a worn out 36 chev, couldn't even burn rubber in sand. Couldn't hurt myself in it. Then a worn out 37 ford with cable brakes, ford always was behind the times, I hit a lot of things with that one. Good thing I didn't have a bomb like the kids do today, never would have made it.
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Dieselrider    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:20:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think we should all have to retest every five years or so.


Willy-N    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:28:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree and the same goes for truck drivers people are getting killed out there! Not a thing you want to happen to anyone because you can't drive right or safe. PS one ticket in 14 years for going 5 over the speed limint but I wasn't caught all the time! Never in a big rig will I speed! My truck tops out at 60mph so I am safe on the major hyways. Mark H.


grandma    Posted 02-08-2005 at 20:25:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I may be stupid, but I'm not dumb, am not going to take that bait about OLDER drivers.


SusieQ    Posted 02-09-2005 at 03:25:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think it is about even steven Mark, we see the same things happening here, with seniors, and with the teens to 30's plus...cell phones, a bane to other drivers, we had a nasty school bus wreck here, the gal drove through a stop sign, while chatting on a cell phone, hit the school bus, and the law says all kids *40 of them were taken to ER to be checked out, bus driver too. I think too many start out too late, drive like crazy, perhaps their lives are so stressed, and it seems like all are in a hurry these days. I and my hubby seldom drive at night either, we allow getting things done in daylight, and if not, there is always tomorrow...we live a slower paced life.


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