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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

How Mature Drivers Stay Safe on the Road

23 Feb Blog | Comments

As America ages, a greater number of mature drivers 55 and over are poised to take to the roadways in the coming years. As of 2009, there are more than 33 million licensed drivers over the age of 55. These drivers are keen on maintaining their personal mobility and the overall freedom that comes with driving their own vehicles. Steps taken to assess their overall health and driving capabilities can help mature drivers remain behind the wheel without any compromises in safety.
According to a recent study from the NHTSA, mature drivers comprise of nine percent of the population, yet they account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all pedestrian fatalities. More than 5,500 mature adults were killed in motor vehicle crashes, while another 183,000 were injured. Factors such as deteriorating vision, increased reaction times due to deteriorating motor skills and a decline in overall physical fitness often contribute to accidents involving mature drivers over the age of 55.

In spite of these statistics, mature drivers remain the safest drivers of all driving groups, thanks in large part to their years of cumulative driving experience and their overall knowledge of the rules of the road. This group is also less prone to engaging in risk activity such as reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. As a result, mature drivers represent one of the lowest risk groups for auto insurers. It is important for mature drivers to maintain and constantly update their knowledge of basic traffic rules and driver safety in order to maintain safe driving practices as well as safe driving conditions for themselves and other motorists.

B Line Traffic Schools’ online mature driver course
provides an easy and effective way for mature drivers to brush up on their driving skills. Not only do mature drivers get the benefit of staying up-to-date on the rules of the road but, they’re also able to use these courses to gain discounts on their car insurance. Online availability of these courses allows mature drivers to reacquaint themselves with important aspects of motor vehicle rules and regulations from the comfort of their own home. A California mature driver course can help drivers over the age of 55 avoid traffic violations as well as driving missteps that could result in an accident.

Another good way for mature drivers to stay safe on the road is to assess whether age-related physical changes are having an effect on driving skills. While most mature drivers are capable of staying behind the wheel well into their advanced years, changes in physical fitness, reflexes and vision can have a negative affect on a motorist’s driving ability. Assessing these physical changes allows drivers to adjust their driving habits in order to remain safe on the road. Proper assessment can help drivers transition to other methods of transportation if deteriorating vision, decreased physical fitness and increased reaction time are having negative affects on driving ability.

Slightly modifying the every day driving routine can help improve mature driver safety. Mature drivers can avoid accidents and improve their own safety by sticking to familiar roads with predictable road conditions and traffic patterns. Mature drivers can also avoid driving during rush hours or seeking alternative routes with lower traffic volumes. Small yet sensible measures such as avoiding distractions, driving during daylight hours and allowing a large following distance between cars have done plenty to ensure the overall safety of mature drivers.

Being a mature driver does not mean that the end of their driving years are coming to a close. In fact, many mature drivers are enjoying longer years of motoring thanks to the above suggestions, as well as other advances in physical fitness and overall health. Regardless of age, driver safety should be a paramount concern shared by all motorists.

 

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