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Mature Drivers

The number of senior drivers will increase 70 percent over the next 20 years. With crash rates for drivers age 65+ higher than any age group except teens, this large increase could result in up to 100,000 senior driver deaths between 2008 and 2028. Resources to help keep drivers safe include self-assessment tools, education, driver refresher courses and public transportation.

Adult Children of Mature Drivers Survey Results

Adult children would rather talk to parents about funeral plans than about taking away the car keys

This striking finding is from a 2008 national survey from and the National Safety Council. The survey of baby boomers shows urgent needs for:

  • Better communication about driving issues among adult children and their aging parents
  • Additional restrictions on their parents' driving, whether voluntary or mandatory
  • Expanded access to public transportation for seniors. and NSC fielded the "Mature Drivers Survey" among baby boomers, the group most commonly impacted by caring for an aging parent. The survey gathered insights on how children of aging parents feel about their parents' driving safety. Overall, results show a clear desire among baby boomers for more resources and information to help with issues surrounding their aging parents' driving safety. Many feel there should be restrictions on their parents' driving, but they aren't comfortable having that difficult conversation. More results plus tips on talking about driving concerns>>

Mature Driving Information at and NSC Mature Drivers Survey Final Report



Journal of Safety Research Special Issue - Senior Transportation Safety & Mobility

Volume 34, Issue 4, Pages 341-470 (2003)


Table of contents of articles:

  • Evaluating the impact of passengers on the safety of older drivers
  • Impact of impulsiveness, venturesomeness, and empathy on driving by older adults
  • Driving disability and dizziness
  • Improving older driver knowledge and self-awareness through self-assessment: The driving decisions workbook
  • Deconstructing gender difference: Driving cessation and personal driving history of older women
  • MaryPODS revisited: Updated crash analysis and implications for screening program implementation
  • Older women drivers: Fatal crashes in good conditions
  • Driving and alternatives: Older drivers in Michigan
  • Assessment of older drivers: Relationships among on-road errors, medical conditions and test outcome
  • On-road driving evaluations: A potential tool for helping older adults drive safely longer
  • Effect of vehicle and crash factors on older occupants
  • Using a driving simulation to identify older drivers at inflated risk of motor vehicle crashes
  • The 2001 national household travel survey: A look into the travel patterns of older Americans

View abstracts and purchase article PDFs.





NHTSA Older Drivers Program

CDC Older Drivers Stay Safe on the Road


Driving Decisions Workbook, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Promising Approaches for Promoting Lifelong Community Mobility



Older Drivers and Cognitive Impairment What to do if you suspect cognitive impairment in yourself or a family member, from the American Medical Association

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