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Drivers

Behind the wheel, drivers must constantly decide where to focus their attention. While the safest choice is to remain focused on driving, a host of other objects and actions compete both inside and outside the vehicle to draw their attention away from the road ahead. Research estimates that driver inattention or distraction causes up to 30 percent of police-reported crashes.

Key messages to drivers include:

  • Be alert: watch for pedestrians at all times
  • Be responsible: yield to pedestrians at crossings
  • Be patient: drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers

These messages can be conveyed during driver education classes.

As a driver, a senior’s risk of crashing may be increased due to the normal physiological changes that accompany aging, including slower reaction times, poorer night vision, reduced depth perception, and reduced visual contrast sensitivity. Broad-based education and training programs that address the needs of the older pedestrians and drivers may be best delivered through a coalition of interest groups including transportation professionals, advocates, and health experts.

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