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AAA Releases New Report About Senior Driver Safety

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AAA has come out with a new report that shows that older drivers are not talking about driving safety with their families as much as they should.

Nearly 83 percent of older drivers report never speaking to a family member or physician about their safe driving ability, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Of the small percentage of families who do have the often difficult conversation, 15 percent do so after a crash or traffic infraction has occurred—which could be too late.

More than 200,000 crashes involving seniors occurred nationwide in 2016. And in 2017, New York State saw more than 52,000 crashes, which was the most out of any year this decade.

AAA recommends that families start talking with older adults about safe driving early and avoid waiting until there are red flags.

For more information on AAA resources for older drivers, such as RoadWise online/classroom courses or other programs that help seniors better“fit”with their vehicles, visit

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