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05/03/2007 09:49 AM ID: 62181 Permalink   

Older Drivers More Dangerous Than Younger Drivers

 

A new study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University has found that drivers over 85 are four times as likely as teens to die in a car accident. Drivers aged 75-85 have approximately the same risk as drivers aged 16-20.

"It just really surprised me that you're better off driving with your teenage son than driving with your great grandfather," said Professor Paul Fischbeck. The findings have renewed calls for more testing of elderly drivers.

Driver safety instructor Tom Sertik says that signs that elderly drivers are becoming less safe include not being able to hear sirens, more people honking at them, dents, and the feeling that cars come from nowhere.

 
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happened to public transport? I read about Volvo's new car that has sensors, this cars can drive for you with GPS too - good technology to invest in, however i still dont see why we cant have good public transport, that market needs to be better implemented and developed. I loved the metro system in Portugal EU + Spain's Madrid Airport metro, was awesome.
 
  by: unitybeing   05/03/2007 10:34 AM     
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Is this 4x more likely to die or 4x more likely to die WHEN INVLOLVED in an accident?

Hell, old people die from falling over so I would think being in a crash would kill them.
 
  by: vgslag   05/03/2007 01:26 PM     
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I meant:

Is this 4x more likely to CRASH or 4x more likely to die WHEN ALREADY INVLOLVED in an accident?
 
  by: vgslag   05/03/2007 01:27 PM     
  I agree  
 
My grandma is 87 years old and when I went to visit her in Florida (Ill never go back btw) she was hitting curbs and switching lanes into other cars. Surely we would have died if not for me. After the first day I refused to get in the car with her unless I was driving.
 
  by: xufeelinlukyx   05/03/2007 05:52 PM     
  This gets a "duh"  
 
I don't know how many times I've had old people nearly run me off the road. Now I know why we have those "Veteran of ____" and "AARP" bumper stickers... it's not to brag, it's a warning to other drivers.
 
  by: Dark_Stang   05/03/2007 06:43 PM     
  haha  
 
actually, i was more confident driving as a teenager than i am now. I ran into the car everytime i was allowed to drive, now i have a licence and i shiver and almost have heart attacks everytime i am forced to drive!
at this rate i don't think i'll be driving 6 years from now!
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     05/04/2007 12:29 AM     
  yeah  
 
They cant help it, they are busy looking for the country kitchen buffet!

Seriously, I cant believe they did a study on this!!! Talk about a wasted study, all they are doing is confirming what everybody already knows.
 
  by: FTFFTW   05/04/2007 01:35 AM     
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in Buffalo drove his car into a subway tunnel, got hung up on the tracks, spun the tires and filled the tunnel with smoke so the approaching train could not see the car and crashed into it. The subway actually starts above ground in the diowntown area and the goes under to serve the other areas.
 
  by: furbox   05/05/2007 04:42 AM     
  Its a good thing  
 
they devoted research to this area. I was completely in the dark that old people can't drive. all those times old people were doing 35 on the free way or driving along the sholder so that I have no idea what they are going to do. The only reason they are on the road is because old people vote and if we took their license there would be hell to pay for politicians. so what is more important? public safety or politics. I think politics would win regardless of what the potential public safety hazard was.
 
  by: Ryanb     05/05/2007 05:21 PM     
 
 
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