Older Driver Road Tests Appear to Cut Crashes in Illinois but not New Hampshire

This article compares the different results that two states, Illinois and New Hampshire, experienced when implementing driver road tests for older drivers wishing to renew their licenses. An Illinois requirement that drivers 75 and older renew their licenses frequently and pass a road test at each renewal has reduced insurance claim rates among the older driver population, as shown by a study from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). However, a now-repealed road-test requirement in New Hampshire failed to have the same effect. Illinois is the only state that currently has a road-test requirement for older drivers; the requirements get more stringent as the driver ages. The HLDI study compared claim rates in Illinois with that of neighboring states, including Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. HLDI also analyzed claim rates in New Hampshire and compared them with claim rates in Vermont and Maine; the study also looked at claim rates before and after the on-road driving test requirement was in place for older drivers. The article considers the differences between these states, particularly in the areas of rural versus urban settings as well as availability of public transit. Readers are referred to the full-text of two separate Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) bulletins on mandatory on-road driving tests for older drivers.


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  • Accession Number: 01637805
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2017 5:06PM