Seniors are outliving their ability to drive by up to 10 years, AAA study finds

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HEATHROW, FL (NBC News) The decision to retire from driving is a difficult one for many senior citizens, yet the overwhelming majority aren’t talking about it with family or physicians.

That’s according to a new AAA study that found seniors outlive their ability to drive safely by 7 to 10 years.

Due to their fragility, they’re at greater risk of serious injury of death if they’re involved in an accident.

Still, more than 80 percent of older drivers say they’re not talking about their driving with their families and doctors.

“Families should actually start planning right around the time they start making plans for other life changes. So, you know, retiring from work, making a change into a different house or even going into an assisted living facility,” said Tamara Johnson with AAA. 

AAA suggests families start the often-difficult discussion before any red flags occur, have one person speak with the driver so they don’t feel attacked and avoid generalizations about senior drivers. 


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