As people age, there is a decline in many of the abilities considered necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle. Older drivers need more visible road signs and pavement markings.10 In the U.S., nearly 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day—a trend that is expected to continue well into the future. Vision deterioration of the aging population should be considered as part of your traffic safety strategy. The following facts indicate elderly drivers will continue to have an impact on road safety.
By 2020, nearly one in five drivers in the U.S. will be 65 or older and exhibiting the natural decline in sensory, cognitive and physical function that makes driving more of a challenge. These drivers need more visible signs made with high performance reflective sign sheeting to help provide more reaction time and help reduce traffic accidents. See the potential benefits of our most reflective sign sheeting, 3M Diamond Grade™ DG3 Sheeting.
Older Drivers - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1
An Aging Nation: The Older Population in the United States – US Census Bureau 2
Ageing and Health – World Health Organization 3
Transportation in an Aging Society A Decade of Experience (PDF, 2.03 MB) 4
Older Adult Drivers – CDC 5
Aging and Vision Loss Fact Sheet - American Foundation for the Blind 6
What Risks Do Older Drivers Pose to Traffic Safety? – Rand Corporation 7
Conversations About Driving: Facts and Research – Senior Driving AAA 8
Growing Older and Adjusting to the Dark – New York Times 9
The signs of Safety- 3M (PDF, 851.51 KB) 10