Baby boom and older drivers – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Getting older doesn’t make someone a bad driver. Dr. Jonathon King at NIH explains that the data show that the total number of accidents and fatalities in older drivers is actually much smaller than in teenagers and people in their older 20s.
King: What we do see is because older drivers drive a lot less, the per-mile data or the per-trip data, you start to see an increase in accidents and unfortunately in fatalities as well that becomes most obvious for drivers who are over the age of 80 or so.
Narrator: For more on age-related health topics, and tips for older drivers, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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