There are more drivers 70 and over today, but they crash less often than they used to.
February 1, 2017
Older driver road tests yield mixed results
An Illinois requirement that older drivers pass a road test at each renewal has reduced insurance claim rates, but a now-repealed road-test requirement in New Hampshire didn't.
November 17, 2016
Rearview cameras reduce backing crashes
An IIHS study of police-reported backing collisions shows that rearview cameras cut such crashes by 16 percent. Older drivers benefit the most.
March 3, 2015
Why older drivers are dying less often
The fatality rate among drivers age 75 and older has improved because they are involved in fewer crashes per mile traveled and are surviving side impacts more often.
Intersections challenge older drivers
Older drivers look but don't always see potential conflicts when they travel through intersections, especially when turning left.
February 20, 2014
Older drivers' crash rates continue to drop
Today's older drivers are not only less likely to be involved in crashes than prior generations, they are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, a new Institute study shows.
Safer vehicles benefit all occupants
Both older and younger passenger vehicle occupants are benefiting from efforts to improve protection in crashes, a recent study confirms.
May 30, 2013
Older motorcyclists have higher injury risk
When older motorcyclists crash, they are nearly 3 times as likely as younger riders to be seriously injured, a new study published in Injury Prevention indicates.
November 20, 2012
Older drivers won't push up crashes
The expected growth in the population of older drivers isn't going to cause insurance claim rates to skyrocket even though older drivers tend to crash more than middle-aged ones, a HLDI analysis shows.
September 28, 2011
Older drivers limit trips
Older drivers often voluntarily put limits on their driving. The more impairments an older driver has, the more limits they place on themselves, a new study finds.
June 19, 2010
Older drivers' crash rates decline
Crash rates among seniors are down, and one reason may be that they are limiting the amount and type of driving they do.
December 27, 2008
Older drivers' fatal crashes trend down
The number of older drivers is increasing, but their involvement in fatal crashes has fallen in recent years, a new Institute study finds.
December 16, 2008
Fewer older drivers are dying in crashes
Despite growing numbers on the road, fewer older drivers died in crashes and fewer were involved in fatal collisions during 1997-2006 than in years past, IIHS researchers have found. Crash deaths among drivers 70 and older fell 21 percent during the period, reversing an upward trend. The reasons aren't clear, but another Institute study indicates that older adults limit their driving as they age.
March 19, 2007
Older drivers struggle in intersections
New Institute research looks at why older drivers are so overrepresented in intersection crashes.
Reducing the risk for older drivers
States are trying a variety of approaches for evaluating and regulating older drivers. Results are mixed.
Older drivers aren't the most risky
Older drivers pose a risk primarily to themselves. Their crash rates aren't nearly as high as those of teenagers.
March 15, 2003
Study sheds light on older driver risks
A new study suggests the very oldest drivers are overinvolved in crashes, but they are less likely than teenage drivers to kill or injure other people on the road.
September 8, 2001
Older drivers aren’t a danger to others
U.S. seniors don't drive as much as other groups and don't pose a big threat to others on the road. They do, however, pose a risk to themselves.
January 15, 2000
Support for limits for young, old drivers
Special requirements for the youngest and oldest drivers have the support of most Americans, including those who would be affected, a recent survey found.
October 11, 1997
Benzodiazepines may increase crash risk among elderly drivers
August 30, 1997
Intersections can be deadly places for elderly drivers
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