For eons, an old man driving while wearing a hat or an old lady peeking over the steering wheel have been images portraying inept drivers. The validity of such portrayal is fading according to recent research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Their data reveals that drivers in their 70s are now less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those in their prime working years. That’s a remarkable reversal for a generation of drivers once thought to be safety threats to themselves and others.
In the past, the only reason that traffic crashes diminished as a death cause with aged drivers is that other health factors like heart failure and cancer outpace vehicle wrecks as drivers get older. But now, statistics indicate elderly vehicle-related death is also less likely when compiled on a “per licensed driver” basis.
The number of older drivers has grown rapidly over