People are living long, active lives, and are continuing to drive well into their senior years. The CHP, California Highway Patrol, recently announced the recommendation for seniors to plan for driving changes as they age. CHP made the announcement in conjunction with the American Occupational Therapy Association as part of the “Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.”
Driving Safely as We Age
Driving requires the use of many of our senses. When we get behind the wheel we need to have the focus and dexterity necessary to drive in a safe manner. The CHP notes that driving can be impacted by our emotional, physical, and mental health. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, seniors are the fastest growing segment of drivers. It is estimated that by 2025, one-quarter of all drivers will be over the age of 65.