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.