Older drivers have a greater risk of death or serious injury in crashes for a number of reasons:
If you’re over 65 years of age, it’s time for you to think about how you drive, and the sorts of things that might make driving more difficult for you. Assessing your driving skills, and being aware of early warning signs is the best way to make sure you’re not putting yourself, and those you love, at risk on the road.
All new cars sold in Australia must meet safety standards known as Australian Design Rules (ADR) which set minimum levels of required performance. Over the years, the safety of new cars has continued to improve. However, even the latest car designs don’t set the highest levels of safety that can be achieved. This means that not all new cars are safer than older models in the same vehicle class. Some car makers choose to include extra features that help you avoid a crash (crash avoidance features), and provide much greater levels of protection should a crash take place (crash protection features). Some features that make driving easier and more comfortable - especially important in the case of older drivers - can make driving safer as well. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) measures how well a new car protects its occupants in a crash through laboratory crash tests. The Used Car Safety Ratings indicate the likelihood of a driver being killed or seriously injured once a crash has occurred. This information is provided on most car models based on the analysis of real life crashes