Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is December 6th – 10th. AAA urges senior citizens and their families to talk about the challenges that come with driving as you get older.
89-year-old Pearlie Pyles turned in her keys at age 85. After undergoing hip surgery, she thought she’d be fine to drive. But after months of her son saying, “I can’t find the right battery for your car, Mom.” Pyles finally realized her son didn’t want her to drive and she knew it was time to stop.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau by 2030 one in five people will be at least 65 years of age, with nearly 10 million people 85 years or older. Out of that demographic an estimated 90 percent will be licensed to drive.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008, 4,618 seniors 65 and older were killed as occupants in traffic crashes.
Approaching an elderly relative about their ability to drive safely can be an uncomfortable conversation. AAA offers advice and tools for seniors and their families at www.AAASeniors.com.