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Injury prevention strategies for older drivers.

Michigan Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation
East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Department of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, HA#7, 2006 Jan; :1
A 69-year old male semi-truck driver was killed while driving a tractor-trailer with a double tank on an interstate highway. Near an exit ramp, the tractor-trailer drove off of the roadway to the right and tried to re-enter. The vehicle's right side tires entered the gravel shoulder; the vehicle began to rotate in a counter clockwise direction and struck a guardrail. From 2001-2004, 42 work-related fatal transportation incidents occurred in Michigan. Of these 42 deaths, ten (10) individuals (24%) who died were 60 years of age or older. Older drivers are more susceptible to injury, particularly chest injuries. To reduce the risk, implement the guidelines below. Employers should: 1. Assign a key member of the management team responsibility and authority to set and enforce comprehensive driver safety policy. 2. Teach drivers how to recognize and manage fatigue and in-vehicle distractions. 3. Restrict driving based on assessment of actual driving ability - not solely on general health status or an arbitrary age limit. Employees should: 1. Wear a seat belt. 2. Leave plenty of time to reach destination. 3. Ensure they are well rested. Take regular rest breaks. 4. Do Not use a cell phone when driving. 5. Plan the route, especially if traveling in an unfamiliar area. 6. Use Caution at intersections and interchanges, especlally when making left hand turns. 7. Participate in "refresher" driver training.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Age-factors; Age-groups; Motor-vehicles; Safety-belts; Fatigue; Training; Drivers
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