Elderly DriversAs our relatives grow older, and as we grow older ourselves, we begin to wonder: When is the right time to stop driving, and how can one keep driving safely for as long as possible? As one ages, driving becomes more difficult. Drivers who are over the age of 85 are also statically more likely to be injured or killed in an auto accident -- not just because of slower reaction times but also because their bodies are frailer and more susceptible to injury in an auto collision.

Find a Younger "Co-Pilot"

One way that older drivers can stay behind the wheel is to drive with a younger “co-pilot.” The younger set of eyes can help instruct the older driver on better driving habits and anything he or she may be doing that is dangerous.

Take a Driving Safety Course

Enrolling an elderly relative, or yourself, in a driving course can also be helpful. Such courses can improve one’s defensive driving and accident avoidance skills immensely. In some cases, the completion of a driver safety course can also help lower car insurance premiums. AAA, for example, offers a special course for seniors both online and in classrooms.

Take Advantage of New Safety Technology

A lot of individuals fail to consider all the advanced safety technology that is currently available on many new automobiles. Sometimes, elderly drivers are also driving outdated automobiles, so they are missing out on safety advances like rearview cameras, blind spot sensors, lane sensors and obstacle avoidance systems. Some of these safety devices are even available as aftermarket add-ons for older cars.

Just because a relative is elderly, it does not mean that he or she is a bad driver. Also, it does not mean that a crash the driver was involved in was his or her fault. Whenever an elderly driver is injured in a crash, it is important to investigate how the collision occurred in order to determine whether a viable claim for personal injury damages exists.