Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
One hundred and twenty-nine older drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation is joining with local programs to observe Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 2-6, 2019. The goal of the program is to promote understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation for older adults and to ensure they can remain active in their communities without transportation becoming a barrier to their mobility.
In 2018 there were 129 drivers over 65 years old involved in fatal crashes. In that same year 74 older drivers died in car crashes. Older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies.
Research suggests that older adults can expect to outlive their ability to drive safely by seven to ten years.
“Older adults want to maintain their independence as they age and their independence is linked to their cars,” said Maile Gray, executive director of Drive Smart Colorado. “Drivers who use self-management to review their driving skills can retain their independence longer, while limiting risks to themselves and others.”
A proactive way for older adults to enhance their safety behind the wheel is to be sure their car is properly adjusted. In 2019 CDOT sponsored 57 CarFit events around the state. At these events volunteers check for:
A seat belt that holds the driver in the proper position and remains comfortable while driving.
The tilt of the steering wheel and position of the airbag.
Plenty of room (at least 10 inches) between the chest and the airbag
A properly adjusted head restraint.
A clear line of sight above the steering wheel and dash.
Easy access to gas and brake pedals.
Properly adjusted mirrors.
Ability to see around the vehicle by reducing the driver’s blind spots.
The ability to turn the vehicle’s ignition key with ease or operate an ignition system.
Easy operation of vehicle controls including turn signals, headlights, emergency flashers, windshield wipers, and the parking brake, among others.
Drivers can find a Car-Fit event in at www.car-fit.org
In Western Colorado seniors can take advantage of public transit discounts on All Points Transit, Grand Valley Transit and Bustang Outrider. Dial a Ride Door to Door Service is available in most areas. A list of Public Transit Services in Colorado is available at www.olderwiser.org.
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