AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s “Drivers 65 Plus: Self-Rating Form”

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has composed a brief 15 question quiz designed to help drivers 65 and older to examine their ability to keep driving safely.

“Through knowledge and self-awareness, you can make better informed decisions about when to get behind the wheel and when to seek other forms of transportation.”

From their website:

Think about what tasks you do every time you get behind the wheel of a car. You must coordinate the actions of your hands, feet, eyes, ears, and body movements. At the same time, you must decide how to react to
what you see, hear, and feel in relation to other cars and drivers, traffic signs and signals, conditions of the highway, and the performance of your car.

These decisions are usually made close to other vehicles and must be converted quickly into action — brake, steer, accelerate, or a combination of these — to maintain or adjust your position in traffic. And these decisions must be made frequently.

As a mature driver, you bring a wealth of experience to the driver’s seat; that is why, on average, drivers in their fifties and sixties have just about the lowest crash rates of anyone on the road. However, as some of the skills
required for optimal driving performance begin to decline at older ages, research shows that crash rates begin to increase as drivers reach their late 60’s or early 70’s, and increase more rapidly after about age 75.

Additionally, your body is not as resistant to injury as it might have been 30 or 40 years ago. If you are involved in a crash, you are likely to suffer more serious injuries as compared to a younger person in a similar crash.
This makes it increasingly important for you to do everything you can to keep your driving skills sharp and to minimize your chances of being involved in a crash in the first place.

You may click on the link below to take the quiz on AAA’s site:

http://www.aaafoundation.org/quizzes/index.cfm?button=driver55

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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