Some 90 percent of drivers older than 65 do not make simple safety adaptations to their cars to improve driving safety, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Older drivers are not using simple adaptations such as steering wheel covers, seat cushions and pedal extensions that can extend their years behind the wheel, the foundation's executive director David Yang said. Cushions and pads can help improve the line of sight, wheel covers can help improve grip, and pedal extensions can position older drivers for better visibility and at a safe distance from airbags.
Monday kicked off Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, an initiative of the American Occupational Therapy Association that's held in December, a time when families often gather for holidays and have conversations about driving and safety.
AAA Foundation says drivers 65 and older are more than twice as likely as younger drivers to be killed when they are involved in a crash. The two groups and AARP are also behind Carfit, an educational program and a video that's designed to help older drivers make numerous safety adjustments to the vehicles they drive. CarFit safety checks are available around the U.S.