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Aging Boomers Won't Wreck America's Roads: Here's Why

The Car Connection -- We've all heard about Baby Boomers and how they're hurtling toward retirement. We've also read numerous studies that show older drivers are more accident prone when they get behind the wheel.

So, should we fear the thought of this massive generation tumbling into senior-citizendom (joining their parents, who are living longer thanks to the miracles of modern medicine)? Will the highways of tomorrow be strewn with fender-benders and pileups, caused by the Me Generation?

Not at all, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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Submitted Dec 05, 2012 By: GT3186
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:37:43 PM


Jrsva said it well!

Thanks for posting an interesting article Gt3186!
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 7:16:12 PM

Yet to be seen
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 3:02:08 PM

I'll reserve judgment knowing the kind of drivers we have in this country!
slowpoke
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 1:17:23 PM

I totally agree with SycamoreISU.
SycamoreISU
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 10:14:54 AM

I am more concerned about drivers of all ages who can't seem to put down their cell phone and drive.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 1:47:42 AM

As others have said, jrsva got it right
VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 12:31:25 AM

I don't see anything wrong with needing to take a driver's exam more often after reaching advanced age. I'm not sure what that age is but insurance company data probably would peg it at about age 75. I know people don't want to give up driving but most would rather do that than live with the guilt of injuring or killing another person. I think most older people know when it's time to hang up the keys.
RevDrCBJ
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 12:20:05 AM

Will that translate into lower rates for older drivers?
Cheney
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 12:05:07 AM

jrsva (below) has said all that needs to be said. Close topic.
RRBC
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 12:02:01 AM

It's not necessarily the age of the driver, it's how responsible and responsive the person is.
serrog
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:55:11 PM

Dumb topic
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:50:50 PM

There are bad drivers in all age ranges.
jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:50:28 PM

“A general statement like this is BS.”

No, a statement like this is based on statistics. There will always be exceptions. The incident where an elderly driver steps on the gas instead of the brake and rams thru a store front will always make the news — but it is a rare event. Elderly drivers may be a bit overly cautious but in so doing they tend be more of an obstacle on the road than an overt hazard. I’ll take my chances with grandpa using extra time to complete a left turn compared to junior texting his girlfriend at the same intersection.

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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:49:11 PM

Watching most elderly drive, you just need to slow down a little and share the road.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:49:07 PM

Always something with the boomers
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:48:47 PM

It cost to much too go any where any more.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:46:47 PM

Older drivers being bad drivers is a huge falsehood.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:46:32 PM

dhan before its too late
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:38:37 PM

...too expensive to go anywhere and stay???
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:38:09 PM

Most prone to accidents has always been young male driver.
Add texting to ills of young drivers and they sure come up worse.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:37:50 PM

I don't believe all this
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:36:26 PM

A general statement like this is BS
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:35:54 PM

I'M SORRY BUT, I THINK IT'S FUNNY AS HELL WHEN A OLD GEEZERS DRIVES THROUGH A WALGREENS STORE & GETS OUT LOOKING FOR THE PHARMACY COUNTER... DAZED & CONFUSED... WITH NO ONE HURT OF COURSE...
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:30:24 PM

Most of the elderly I see on the road can't see over the steering wheel, don't signal for turns, and drive 5mph to 10mph under the speed limit. Talk about a hazard.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:28:00 PM

I'd rather be with a baby boomer than a driver texting.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:27:06 PM

As we get older - we do react to situations slower - but we aren't texting and driving..
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:26:51 PM

A gr buteat deal of the articles posted on this sight are sheer speculation but the fact sheet is interesting.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:26:45 PM

Interesting twist
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:26:17 PM

All should take a Senior Mature driving class..keeps ins down.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:25:39 PM

Well there will be a lot of us that may drive slower now
NAVYHM
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:25:31 PM

OLDER DRIVERS HAVE ALWAYS HAD SOME SLIGHT MANEUVERING ISSUES... YEARS AGO, IT WAS USUALLY A MAILBOX OR THREE... NOW, IT'S TOTAL CHAOS ON THE ROADWAYS... SOME HAVE TAKEN-OUT SIX TO SEVEN CARS LIKE DERBY NIGHT AT THE FAIR GROUNDS... BUT, LATELY IT'S HOW TOO RUN INTO A FAMILY RESTAURANT... NEW YORK STYLE...
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:24:57 PM

Of all places for this to come from: the auto insurance industry. And what are these people good for. Taking your money because the seem to have this self appointed right to play with your money. Then they turn around and compile massive amounts of worthless 'information?' just to justify their taking your money and playing with it!
nwsynthetics
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:24:53 PM

Not all blame goes to oldies. Young drivers an dtexting is just as bad.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:22:46 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:21:30 PM

Calif took my granddad's DL away from him when he was 85. My mom took my dad's driving privileges away when he was 76. Both for good reason.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:20:23 PM

right
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:18:30 PM

Ok
suzmar
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:17:32 PM

A story that is all speculation.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:15:42 PM

I agree with you jimmy544
doghaulr
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:15:09 PM

guess I wont have anymore B-days, that should help
davenles
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:14:24 PM

I'm more afraid of a texting and driving teenager.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:14:18 PM

The worst drivers are still the youngest ones there is no doubt. For every old fool that mistakes his gas pedal for the brake there is a young fool that thinks he is a F1 pilot in a pickup truck.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:12:59 PM

We have a lot more to worry about than aging boomers, those DUI & those texting are 2 big ones.
downstream
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:10:43 PM

dude said, "i only fill my tank with what i use." let's all just think about that for a moment... time's up!
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:10:41 PM

Hmmm...
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:08:18 PM

hmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:08:07 PM

Cars are changing as well and in years to come they will have more accident prevention items included in them.
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Comon! We've driven more miles than anyone!
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:02:32 PM

Safety is important, especially after age 70.
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Broad generalization aren't accurate.
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I plan on living a long time yet.
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