Policies and Priorities: Mature Drivers

Excerpted from GHSA's Highway Safety Policies & Priorities.

O. Driver Safety Issues

O.2 Mature Drivers
GHSA is aware that it is projected by the year 2020, nearly 50 million Americans over 65 will have or be eligible for a driver’s license and almost one-half of them will be age 75 or older.

The needs of mature drivers could be addressed by making highway signs bigger and brighter; maintaining roadway signs and markings to the highest level of accepted performance; passing safety belt use laws; adopting state uniform vision standards; and researching crash protection for mature drivers. In addition, early warning programs should be developed to help mature drivers better understand their driving capabilities. Improvements should be made in the licensing process so that safe mature drivers are kept on the road as long as possible.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) should provide technical assistance to states to help them implement the Older Driver Design Guide, and FHWA should evaluate the effectiveness of these improvements. NHTSA should work with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to develop improvements to state licensing processes for mature drivers.