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Senior Driving

Your Driving :: Risks to Senior Drivers

While seniors may have the most experience on the road, they are also the ones most likely to be hurt in a crash. The most common factors in crashes involving senior drivers are:

  • Failure to yield right-of-way
  • Improper left turns
  • Confusion in heavy traffic
  • Inattention
  • Backing up into a vehicle
  • Failure to maintain proper speed
  • Hesitation in responding to new traffic signs, signals, road markings, traffic patterns and roadway designs

Seniors are also the most likely to die in a crash because of increasing fragility with age. An analysis of driving fatalities found that senior drivers are most likely to die in crashes that happen:

  • On weekdays
  • During daylight hours
  • With a second vehicle involved
  • With a younger driver striking the senior driver
  • With both vehicles proceeding straight or making a left turn at the same time
Even with these risks, no one wants to give up the freedom and convenience of driving. That's why the DMV and our partners are committed to keeping you on the road for as long as safely possible. If you feel that your driving skills have diminished and put yourself and others at risk: