Extend safe driving and support drivers through retirement from driving.
Older drivers constitute the fastest growing segment of the population and the driving public and represent an age group with an elevated risk of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled. Older people (65 and older) are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. By 2010, the Census Bureau estimates that about 13 percent of the population will be over 65 and the percentage will increase to 16.4 percent by 2020 as the "baby boomers" enter this age group (He et al. 2005). As individuals move into the older population most drivers continue to drive.
Age alone is not a reliable indicator of driving ability. Through understanding the specific needs of drivers who are experiencing the effects of age related conditions we can help drivers retain, regain or learn driving skills to keep them safely driving longer. Objective information about driving ability can support drivers and their families in decisions about and how elders should retire from driving.