AAA FINDS CAR CRASHES MORE LIKELY TO KILL ELDERLY DRIVERS.
The AAA AAA: see American Automobile Association.
(Triple A) A common single-cell battery used in a myriad of electronic devices of all variety. Like its double A (AA) cousin, it provides 1.5 volts of DC power. When used in series, the voltage is multiplied. Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study showing drivers in their late 50s and early 60s are among the nation's safest drivers but those 65 and older are likely to get into an accident.
As drivers get older they increasingly lose both perception and motor skills, the report noted.
Drivers older than 65 were 25 percent more likely to get into a crash than middle-aged middle-aged adjective Referring to a person between age 45 and 65, used in taking a history. Cf Elderly, Older. drivers, while drivers older than 85 were 50 percent more likely to get into a crash.
The study also found the elderly were more likely to get into crashes while turning left, when drivers often must make quick judgments about whether to stop or go.
Drivers older than 85 were nearly four times as likely to die in a crash as middle-aged drivers, the report found. Seniors statistically are at greatest risk when involved in crashes, said Bella Dinh-Zarr, director of traffic safety.
"The common misconception mis·con·cep·tion
A mistaken thought, idea, or notion; a misunderstanding: had many misconceptions about the new tax program. is that older drivers are a danger to others, but the reality is older drivers are a danger to themselves," she said.
"As a country, we should really be thinking of ways to help older drivers."