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Safer driving tips for older drivers

Older California drivers may value the independence that driving brings, but they must also take steps to ensure their safety and that of others on the road. When they reach the age of 70, the rate of fatalities for drivers in crashes begins to increase significantly, and it is highest of all for drivers who are at ot older than 85. However, this is not due to poor driving behavior in this age group as much as because of medical complications and a greater susceptibility to injury.

Fatal crashes increasing due to drowsy driving

Driving while extremely tired is dangerous and can often become fatal. California drivers, along with drivers all over the country, are aware of this, yet more than a third of drivers polled in a recent survey admitted to having fallen asleep as they drove at least once in their lifetimes, and more than 10 percent reported having fallen asleep behind the wheel within the previous 12 months. The result is a significant increase in fatal accidents where drowsy driving is involved.

California car accident fatalities

Drivers in California can cause fatal accidents if they operate their vehicles in a careless or reckless manner or while they are under the influence. To determine what driving behaviors most commonly cause fatal crashes around the country, the Auto Insurance Center collected data from every reported fatal car accident that occurred between 2009 and 2013 from the National Highway Traffic Safety's Fatal Accident Reporting System.