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Older Drivers

Aging impacts everyone differently. When it comes to driving, it is important to understand the impact age-related changes may have on one’s safe driving ability.  NHTSA encourages older adults, family members, and caregivers to be proactive about discussing safe mobility and building a transportation plan.

  • From 2020 to 2021 there was a 15% increase in the number of people killed in traffic crashes involving older drivers.
  • From 2020 to 2021 there was a 14% increase in the number of people 65 and older killed in traffic crashes.
  • In 2021, 70% of traffic fatalities in crashes involving older drivers involved other vehicles.
  • In 2021, more older drivers were killed in traffic crashes on rural roadways versus urban roadways.

NHTSA offers free resources and information on keeping safe on the road as we age.

Campaigns Under Older Drivers

  • Older Driver Safety