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Older Drivers are Much Safer, Insurance Group Finds

Saying that someone “drives like an old person” is no longer a criticism, it’s a compliment...
March 13, 2014

Saying that someone “drives like an old person” is no longer a criticism, it’s a compliment.

A decade ago, safety experts feared traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proven wrong. Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations, and they’re less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, according to a study released recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That’s because vehicles are getting safer and seniors are generally getting healthier, the institute said.

By 2050, the number of people in the U.S. age 70 and older is expected to reach 64 million, or about 16 percent of the population. In 2012, there were 29 million people in the U.S. age 70 and over, or 9 percent of the population.

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