Mature Drivers

Older drivers have higher rates of fatal crashes, based on miles driven, than any other group except very young drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The high death rate is due in large part to their frailty. They are less likely to survive an injury than a younger person. By 2030, people age 65 and older are expected to represent 25 percent of the driving population and 25 percent of fatal crash involvements. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19.8 million, or 10 percent, of licensed drivers were age 70 and older in the United States in 2003 (latest data available).

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