The irony of becoming an older, more experienced driver is that
sometimes it means eventually having to go "back to
school," so to speak, to learn how to adjust your changing
driving abilities to the challenges of operating a motor vehicle.
By some measures, seniors are safe drivers. More than 70% of
older drivers wear seat belts, the highest percentage among all
driving categories. They receive the fewest moving violations.
But conservative driving behavior isn't always a positive. A
large number of elderly driving accidents involve rear-end
collisions because seniors tend to drive at or below the speed limit, for instance.
Re-sharpening driving skills
So, one thing driving instructors try to teach older drivers is
to speed up every once in a while. That means hitting the gas when
merging onto a freeway, or to maneuver out of the way if someone is tailgating.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
the primary safety issue facing older drivers is how to adapt
driving skills to accommodate aging capabilities and reflexes.
Here's how to go "back to school":