Online Tips for Older Drivers

Web site lets seniors guage their ability to be safe on the road

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FRIDAY, July 9, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Older drivers can gauge their ability to drive safely and find help to improve their driving safety at a new Web site developed by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The site, which includes a database that lists hundreds of driving rehabilitation specialists throughout the United States, features material from senior advocacy, health and transportation organizations. The content includes fact sheets, consumer tips and information about driving with different medical conditions.

The Web site is designed for use by senior drivers, their families, doctors and other health professionals.

Older driver safety is an emerging public health issue. By 2050, one in five (70 million) drivers in the United States will be 65 or older. Currently, one in eight drivers are 65 or older.

Older drivers don't have higher rates of traffic collision than other age groups, but they're far more likely to be killed or suffer serious injury in a crash.

"We want seniors to know we're here to help with driving and community mobility as well. This Web site will answer many of the questions older drivers and their families have about driver safety," AOTA president Carolyn Baum said in a prepared statement.

More information

Here's where you can find the Web site for older drivers.

SOURCE: American Occupational Therapy Association, news release, June 2004


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