Crash Rates for Drivers in Their 70s Drop Below Those of Middle-Aged Drivers

This article reports on an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study of crash rates for drivers in their 70s. The researchers compared trends among drivers 70 and over with drivers ages 35-54. The number of older licensed drivers rose almost twice as fast from 2010 to 2018 as it had in the previous decade, while older drivers’ average annual mileage also continued to grow. However, these older drivers are less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those in their prime working years. The author discusses historical data on crashes and fatalities; societal changes that affect this age group; the role of improved health and longer life-span; and the benefits of improved vehicle safety. Readers are referred to the full research at


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  • Media Type: Web
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  • Accession Number: 01758636
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2020 3:15PM