Older Drivers

Frequently Asked Questions

3. Do older drivers get into a lot of car crashes?

Fortunately, the rate of crashes among adults 65 and over has decreased in recent years. Studies show that older drivers are less likely to be involved in crashes related to alcohol use, speeding, and driving at night. But they are more likely to get into crashes at intersections (usually in the vehicle that is struck); crashes in which the front of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle; and crashes involving merging near a faster vehicle or a vehicle that is in the older driver’s blind spot.

For recent statistics on the rate of injuries from crashes among older drivers, see Traffic Safety Facts 2012: Older Population.