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Statistics Show Seniors Are Involved in More Crashes Per Given Mile

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In many ways, when it comes to driving, age is not on your side. Statistics show seniors are involved in more crashes per mile driven.

"Our biggest difficulty is right-of way-situations. Someone coming on to a high speed limited access highway for example," said Roger Reid, an AARP driving safety program instructor.

Aging can take a toll on our bodies. But we don't all age at the same rate or in the same way.

"The oldest person I've had in one of my classes is 97. So we all age differently when we get older. Some of the 90-year-olds are still capable drivers, while some of the 70-year-olds are not capable drivers," said Chuck Uttech, an AARP Zone 3 coordinator.

That's why AARP offers a number of programs to help older drivers be safer drivers, including driver safety courses.

"We teach older drivers to choose when they drive, what time of day, what days, what days they don't drive as alternatives. Many people, as they get older, they don't drive at night, for example," said Reid.

AARP also has the car fit program. Seniors can drive in and see if their car is properly fit to maximize their driving ability. Aside from setting the car up to fit your needs, there's also someone on hand to teach you different strategies to be a more effective driver.

"If there's any red flags on that checklist, then the person is referred to the occupational therapist and the occupational therapist would go through with the driver and say this is what you can do to improve your movement, for example your legs in moving from gas to brake and things like that," said Uttech.

But these strategies can only work for a limited amount of time before age wins.

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