AAA: Seniors Anxious About Giving up Their Keys

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM EDT

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AAA: Seniors Anxious About Giving up Their Keys

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM EDT

(AAA news release) Nearly half of senior drivers worry about losing their freedom when it's time to give up their car keys, according to a survey by the American Automobile Association. 

Concerned by a loss of mobility, nearly 90 percent of seniors indicate that the inability to drive would be a problem, with almost half claiming it a serious problem.

“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 AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet. “No matter how active and healthy seniors are today, it’s evident that anxiety about giving up the keys is still a top concern.”

AAA’s survey also indicates that motorists age 65 and older often “self-police” their driving or avoid driving situations that put them at greater risk of a crash.  In fact, 80 percent of senior drivers voluntarily avoid one or more high-risk driving situations. More than half (61 percent) of these drivers avoid driving in bad weather; 50 percent avoid night driving; 42 percent avert trips in heavy traffic and 37 percent avoid unfamiliar roads.

Read the entire AAA news release HERE.