As a group, older drivers typically are safe. However, older drivers, especially those over age 75, have a higher risk of being involved in a collision for every mile they drive. The rate of risk is nearly equal to the risk of younger drivers age 16 to 24. While the natural instinct is to talk about taking away the car keys as parents age, older drivers can stay behind the wheel as long as possible…as long as they’re still safe drivers.
The Hartford Financial Services Group, a company with a dedicated team of gerontologists, recently published a guidebook on how to talk with older drivers. The information can help parents and their adult children make the right decision about staying behind the wheel of a car.
With recent research showing that 50 million Americans now live in households with two adult generations—almost one in six Americans—this is a conversation you’re in an excellent position to have.
Consider this advice from The Hartford: