Older-Driver Safety Awareness Week: Dec 5–9 1


Older drivers at work bring extensive skills, knowledge, and experience built over the course of a lifespan.

Research shows that older drivers are more likely than their younger counterparts to adopt safe behaviors such as wearing a seat belt and complying with speed limits. However, those age 55 and older have twice the risk of dying in a work-related crash than younger workers do. One possible reason is that older persons are more likely to be injured if they are in a crash, and more likely to die if they are injured.

The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety is observing Older-Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 5–9, hosted by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The campaign aims to promote understanding of the importance of older adults’ mobility and transportation.

This fact sheet gives employers and workers information on age-related physical and mental changes that may affect older workers’ driving. It is important to accommodate these changes so older workers may continue to contribute their expertise to the workplace under the safest conditions possible.

Follow @NIOSH_MVSafety for tips throughout the week, and learn what employers can do to develop safety and health programs that consider older drivers’ needs.


One thought on “Older-Driver Safety Awareness Week: Dec 5–9

  • Matt Gurwell

    Don’t give tragedy the opportunity to strike your family; there is help available.

    Keeping Us Safe is a national organization that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families. Our programs are designed to help older drivers with diminished driving skills make a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat without deterioration to their dignity, personal pride or independence.

    Our programs provide families with the missing link between their desire to bring this issue to a peaceful resolution, and their ability to actually do so.

    “Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for older drivers and their families” serves as the foundation for the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program. It is a ‘working’ workbook, designed to remove the family’s opinion, emotion and speculation from the challenging process of deciding whether or not a loved-one should continue or if, in the interest of safety, they need to retire from driving.

    We also offer our Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals who have been specifically trained and certified in Keeping Us Safe’s “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program” for older drivers. With the 3-hour (in-person) self-assessment program, families benefit from a third-party, impartial intervention in resolving this very delicate and sensitive issue with their loved-one.

    Lastly, our Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals offer the following presentations to the public:

    1) A Safe Drive Through the Aging Process (meant for older drivers themselves), and
    2) Adults with Aging Parent Drivers

    Each of these 1-hour presentations are typically offered at no charge.

    Keeping Us Safe’s “self-assessment program” for older drivers has become a respected resource for physicians, hospital systems, and court systems looking for help for older drivers and their concerned families. Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals can be found throughout the United States.

    Our programs are designed to save lives while helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with this very challenging issue.

    For more information on our workbook, our self-assessment program for older drivers, to schedule a presentation for your business or organization, or to learn more about becoming one of the Nation’s Certified “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals, visit Keeping Us Safe at http://www.keepingussafe.org or call us at 877-907-8841.

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