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Older Americans concerned about losing driving priveleges

Posted On Wed, April 4, 2012

More American senior citizens are concerned about their chances of being prevented from driving by a family member, according to a report from the American Automobile Association.

The report found that 90 percent of those over the age of 65 noted that not being able to drive would be an issue. In addition, approximately 50 percent said it would be a serious problem.

While many people believe that seniors drive dangerously, the reality may be that it is not true, according to the report. Many elderly Americans are quite cautious about driving, as 80 percent of these people avoid driving in adverse conditions. In addition, 61 percent don't drive when the weather is bad, while half noted they don't drive at night. Another 42 percent said they don't drive during times where traffic is particularly heavy, and close to the same amount don't operate a vehicle when they don't know the area.

"By 2020 - just eight years from now - it's estimated that nearly one in six people will be age 65 or older and most of them will still be licensed to drive," said Robert Darbelnet, AAA President and CEO. "No matter how active and healthy seniors are today, it's evident that anxiety about giving up the keys is still a top concern."

The report added that approximately 10,000 people turn 65 each day, which means that the number of older drivers is increasing rapidly.

Those Americans concerned about being forced to give up their driving privileges may want to ensure they have the best insurance plan for the price. Examining auto insurance rates may help a person get a plan that is both affordable and one that they will feel safe with.

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