Facts About Seniors and Driving

  1. Today, people over 65 represent the fastest-growing segment of    

   the population in the United States. (U.S. Census 2004)

  1. By 2020 there will be more than 45 million licensed drivers age 65 

   and older.  (U.S. Census)

  1. By 2030, nearly 25 percent of people in the U.S. will be at least 65         

   years old,  (U.S. Census).

  1. Age alone doesn’t determine what kind of driver a person is.  In    

   fact, it isn’t possible to set an exact an age when a person should

   stop driving.  A person’s ability to drive safely is determined by    

   many factors; and, in many cases, age is less of a factor than other    

   considerations such as vision, physical health or mental stability.

  1. Many Seniors feel more secure and confident about their driving

   after they take a refresher course to improve their driving skills. 

  1. The ability of a person to stay mobile and get out and about is    

   important to healthy aging. Improving your driving skills can be  

   the difference between keeping your mobility and independence or 

   having to limit (or even give up) driving because it is too dangerous    

   or too uncomfortable for you to get behind the wheel any more.


There is no set age when a person becomes too old to drive safely.

It’s never that simple.

When was the last time you took a written drivers test? How do you think you'd score if you took it again today?

For six years now, GMAC Insurance has been testing the knowledge of the American drivers in the GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test.  The test uses actual questions taken from DMV tests to determine  what  And it's clear Americans need a refresher course - nearly 38 million licensed drivers would fail if they retook the test today.

Take the national Drivers Test yourself.  See if you pass with flying colors or if you could use a little brushing up. Then compare your scores to the national average and challenge a friend to beat your score!

Seniors, Driving & Safety

For the most part, Seniors are safe drivers,

and the data proves it.

Information collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Board shows that Seniors tend to be safe, careful drivers.   

They point out two reasons for these research findings.

  1. 1.Seniors tend to drive fewer miles and shorter distances.

  2. 2.Seniors take fewer driving risks than other age groups of drivers. They are less likely to speed, drink and drive, drive at night, drive in heavy traffic or on busy highways.

AARP Driver Safety Courses

AARP offers a Safe driving refresher course that provide opportunities to review current driving laws and safe driving tips for older drivers, they also teach adult drivers about normal age-related physical changes and how they can develop safe driving habits to compensate for these changes.

  1. Find an AARP Driver Safety Class near you

  1. Learn more about AARP’s Online Driver Safety Program

The American Automobile Association (AAA)

The AAA offers information about the ways medications can affect driving abilities, safety features available for vehicles and ways to maximize vision. Their driver safety program and pamphlets should be available at local AAA branch offices.

Take AAA safe driving quizzes on the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety website.

GMAC Insurance Identifies 5 Driving Mistakes  That Increase The Possibility Of A Crash

1. Multi-tasking While Driving
Driving Tip: When You Turn the Car On, Turn the Gadgets Off. No matter how busy your day is, when you’re on the road, focus only on driving. Catch up on other activities later and avoid unnecessary accidents.

2. Following Too Closely
Driving Tip: One Thousand One, One Thousand Two. Leave a two-second cushion between you and the vehicle ahead – it could save your bumper and your life. Make sure to double or triple that time when the weather is bad or the pavement is slick.

3. Failure to Yield on a Left-Hand Turn
Driving Tip: Check the Flow Before You Go. Look at the street you are turning into to make sure that no vehicles or pedestrians are in your path.

4. Incorrect Merging
Driving Tip: Yellow is for Yield. Accidents often occur when you are stuck behind a driver who interprets yield as stop. Don’t be the guilty party. Use the ramp as a means for merging into traffic, not causing it.

5. Backing Up
Driving Tip: Look Over Your Shoulder. Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. Your mirrors have a margin of error; don’t rely on them alone. Look over your shoulder before backing up.

(source:  GMAC Insurance)


So you’re getting older. That doesn’t mean you’re a bad driver.

The Downside Of Seniors And Driving

National Highway Transportation Safety Association studies also     show that age-related changes make Seniors more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a car accident.  

  1. Aging and health complications can change how our eyes, ears,     

  brain, body and reflexes work.  These changes can cause problems

  for Seniors when they drive.

  1. Some of the most difficult driving activities for Seniors include:

           Driving at night

           Making left turns

           Changing lanes

           Passing other cars

           Accelerating into general traffic

           Merging from on-ramps into high speed traffic on highways

  1. Adults 55 and over cite 3 main reasons for limiting their driving: 

  2.         (1) problems with their eyesight, physical abilities or reflexes

  3.         (2) concerns about being in an accident; and

  4.         (3) no reason or desire to drive any more

  5. Both drivers and passengers over 70 are more likely to die from                crash injuries because their bodies are more fragile and more easily        

   hurt in an accident.

Seniors & Safe Driving Resources



Results From 2010

National Drivers Test

The 2010 National Drivers Test results released May 27th by GMAC Insurance show that nearly 1 in 5 licensed drivers – roughly 38 million Americans – would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today.

Kansas drivers ranked first in the nation (82.3 percent average score); New York drivers ranked last (70 percent average score). GMAC Insurance has sponsored the National Drivers Test for the past 6 years. Full results can be found at  Provides Free, Reliable Senior Information and Resources

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