A campaign is underway to increase awareness about the issue of senior citizens and driving.
Older Driver Safety Awareness week begins Monday. AAA Mid-Atlantic says in Delaware, 10.5% of fatal crashes in 2008 involved drivers who were 65 years of age or older. Although age is not the best predictor of driving skills, experts believe driving ability generally starts to deteriorate at age 55.
However, this age group also has accumulated more experience behind the wheel, and may be less likely to take risks or drive under the influence.
Senior citizens are expected to account for 20% of drivers by the year 2030, according to US Census projections.
Although the topic may be uncomfortable, AAA advises that families have open discussions about driving and aging.