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Millennials Interest in New Vehicles Rises with Technology Available

Self-driving cars appealing to younger drivers.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Self-driving vehicles may improve the mobility of baby boomers some day, if they learn to trust the vehicles.

While self-driving cars are expected to increase the mobility of aging baby boomers, but they are still skeptical about the technology that piloting those vehicles. Conversely, younger drivers are seemingly enthralled by the possibilities the cars represent, a new study finds.

Gen Y or “Millennials” between the ages of 21 and 34 and younger Gen Z, which is just getting driver’s licenses, have substantially more interest in automated driving, according to the 2016 edition of the Tech Choice Study that J.D. Power presented to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.

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“You often hear that younger people aren’t interested in driving. Maybe it’s just the Millennials don’t have the baggage about driving that Baby Boomers do,” said Kristin Kolodge, director of driver interaction and HMI at J.D. Power who supervised the study. “The just have a fresh perspective,” she said. (more…)

14 Mil Americans Have Had “Incidents” With Elderly Drivers in Past Year

Results of study could add to pressure for new restrictions on older motorists.

by on Jul.09, 2015

More than 14 million Americans have had "incidents" with older drivers, renewing the calls for stricter standards for elderly motorists.

When a 92-year old driver pulled into traffic on a Florida highway last April he was blamed for setting off a chain reaction that resulted in the deaths of three utility workers.

The crash was far from the exception. Federal statistics show that an average 15 older adults are killed in motor vehicle crashes, another 586 injured, every single day. And that doesn’t take into account fatalities and injuries caused by senior citizens behind the wheel. But a new study reveals that 14 million Americans have been involved in a road “incident” caused by an elderly driver during the past year.

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Those findings could add to mounting pressure to come up with tougher rules for older drivers, such as more frequent tests to ensure a senior citizen is competent enough to get behind the wheel. Such efforts have often run into strong resistance in a country where transportation alternatives aren’t always available. (more…)

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…)

Seniors Drivers Support Tougher Licensing Rules for Themselves

But fatal crash rate for older drivers has actually been declining.

by on Dec.10, 2014

Senior drivers recognize the need for tougher licensing rules, according to a new AAA study.

When a 75-year-old driver killed a pedestrian crossing the street near her Brooklyn home early today it immediately raised questions about the wisdom of letting older drivers operate motor vehicles. And it turns out that the majority of seniors are asking that question among themselves.

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that an overwhelming majority of older drivers want tougher licensing rules that could take many of them and their peers off the road.

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The study is a timely one, considering the rapidly aging population. Those over the age of 65 now make up 17% of the nation’s licensed drivers, and more than two-thirds of those over the age of 85 say they still drive at least five days a week.


Senior Driver Crash Rates Continue Dropping

IIHS study reveals older drivers’ safety rates improving.

by on Feb.21, 2014

Seniors are less likely to be involved in crashes despite the fact they are driving more often and there are more seniors on the road than ever.

There are two groups of drivers that are perceived as the most dangerous: teenagers and seniors. While teenagers don’t seem to be getting much better as drivers, seniors continue to dispel the notion that they are a problem on the roadways, according to recent data.

Senior drivers – those 70 and older – are less likely to be injured or killed in or even have a car accident than previous generations of drivers, said the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Fatal crash rates among drivers aged 70 and older since 1997 have declined faster than crash rates among middle-age drivers — those aged 35 to 54 — though the pace of the declines appear to be tapering off, IIHS said. (more…)

Unintended Acceleration Study Blames Older Women Drivers

Problem also common among those under 20.

by on Apr.13, 2012

Misuse of the brake and gas pedals has been linked to an epidemic of accidents.

When the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year ruled out the likelihood of unknown electronic gremlins causing so-called unintended acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles researchers instead suggested that driver error was largely to blame.

A new study echoes the likelihood that drivers may hit the throttle when intending to reach for the brake – while also say the majority of such accidents involve older women and occur primarily in parking lots.  But the report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also points the finger at drivers under 20.

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Particularly striking is the finding that nearly two-thirds of the drivers involved in accidents involving the misuse of the gas pedal are female. In all motor vehicles crashes, nearly two in three drivers are male, NHTSA reports.

“The most consistent finding across data sources was the striking overrepresentation of females in pedal misapplication crashes, relative to their involvement in all types of crashes,” the study’s authors declared in an executive summary.  “Females were the drivers in nearly two-thirds of the pedal misapplication crashes” included in the study.


Brain Fitness Exercises Work for Older Drivers!

They cut the accident risk in half by increasing brain processing speed, but public perception lags behind clinically tested reality.

by on Jul.15, 2010

Think faster, focus better and react quicker on the road by using a computer trainer.

While there is a clinically proven brain fitness-training tool that helps older adults reduce their likelihood of being in an auto accident, it is virtually unknown among drivers.

According to a survey from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG), 74% of drivers are unaware of the benefits of using a computer-based program, DriveSharp, for 20 minutes a day, three times a week.

If they do, DriveSharp can help older drivers cut their crash risk up to 50%, stop 22 feet sooner when driving at 55 mph, increase their useful field of view by 200%, decrease dangerous driving maneuvers by 36%, and bolster confidence while driving at night and in other stressful conditions.

“DriveSharp was tested by a global team of more than 50 scientists and based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health,” according to Steven Aldrich, CEO, Posit Science Corp., the developer of the program.

Aldrich says DriveSharp is a research-based program that helps older adults think faster, focus better and react quicker on the road.

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In the Hartford research, about half of all adults surveyed believed that older drivers can improve their skills to allow them to drive safely for more years, but drivers under 40 are least likely to believe there is anything an older driver can do to improve their skills. Ah, the hubris of immortal youth, who at this moment are happily texting their way into oblivion. (See Senate Kicks Distracted Driving Back to the States)