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Golden Age of Drivers: 50-Year-Olds Hit Highest Levels Ever

Aging drivers means rethinking America’s roadways.

by on Mar.24, 2015

America's driving population is getting older and those over 50 are at their highest levels ever.

Americans are not only driving at near-record levels these days, the number of drivers 50 and older is higher than ever, according to government data.

The Federal Highway Administration says that drivers over 50 account for nearly 45% of all licensed motorists on the roads: a jump of 22% since 2003. They accounted for 43.6% in 2012. The jump is partly due to the fact that younger drivers aren’t as quick to get a license as they have been in the past.

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Perhaps even more important is that the fastest growing segment of drivers is those over 85, nearly doubling from 1.76 million in 1998 to 3.48 million in 2013 – the second-highest amount ever recorded. (more…)