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Older Adult Drivers

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In 2009, there were 33 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States.1 Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. But the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age. An average of 500 older adults are injured every day in crashes.2

Thankfully, there are steps that older adults can take to stay safer on the roads.

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  1. Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation (US). Highway Statistics 2009.  Washington (DC): FHWA. [cited 2011 Feb 25]. Available from URL:
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation (US). Traffic Safety Facts 2008: Older Population. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2009 [cited 2011 Feb 25]. Available from URL:


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