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Older Drivers with History of Falling Have Higher Car Crash Risks

Compared to other similarly aged adults, older drivers with a history of falling are 40% more likely to be involved in car crashes, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study postulates the reasons for this are likely twofold. First, falls may negatively impact a person’s ability to drive, such when a fall results in injuries that limit mobility. Second, older adults may become fearful of doing physical activity after a fall.

The AAA recommends that older adults and their families should instead view a fall as a possible indicator of declining physical fitness, and should take steps to address the issue. Reducing physical activity after a fall can result in further loss of functional ability, increasing the likelihood of a future fall. Continued physical activity—particularly activities that enhance balance, and improve muscle strength and flexibly—can boost at older adult’s functional ability, making them less likely to suffer a fall and improving their abilities behind the wheel.

Every year, drivers aged 60 and older are involved in more than 400,000 motor vehicle collisions, said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. As the U.S. population ages, more and more older adults are likely to be out of the roads, making driver safety among this age group even more important.

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