BY THE NUMBERS
Crashes per 10,000 licensed drivers in 2010 for motorists 80 years or older
crashes per 10,000 licensed drivers in 2010 for motorists ages 15 to 24
Number of Floridians 71 or older with driver's licenses
Number of Floridians 90 or older with driver's licenses
Older drivers sometimes can monitor changes in their
driving behavior, such as missing once-customary turns or driving more slowly than most of the traffic. However, safety often depends on observance by family and friends. The AARP has developed 10 major warning signs for older drivers:
Almost getting into accidents, with frequent “close calls.”
Finding dents and scrapes on the car or on the driver’s property, such as fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs, etc.
Difficulty seeing or following traffic signals, road signs and pavement markings.
Delayed response time to unexpected situations on the road, difficulty moving their feet from the gas pedal to the brake pedal or confusing the two.
Misjudging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance and exit ramps.
Experiencing road rage or having other drivers frequently honk at them.
Easily becoming distracted or having difficulty concentrating while driving.
Difficulty turning around to check over the shoulder while backing up or changing lanes.
Receiving multiple traffic tickets or warnings from traffic or law enforcement officers.