Study Reveals That Drivers Skills Decline With Age
A new study conducted in Australia suggests that suggests that driving performance declines with normal aging and more mistakes crop up, putting the elderly at risk of automobile crashes.
During the 12-mile road test, a professional instructor with access to a brake rode in the car. An occupational therapist sat in the back seat and scored the drivers for skills such as using signals and mirrors, checking the “blind spot” and problems that included veering, tailgating, inappropriate braking and accelerating.
Overall, 17 percent of the drivers made serious mistakes that required the instructor to grab the steering wheel or apply the brake.