ABC 36 (WTVQ)
LEXINGTON– As the first wave of baby boomers gets older, more and more elderly people are driving.
With elderly drivers on the increase, a workshop was held today in Lexington where reporters suited up in a weighted suit that simulated fatigue and the effects of aging on the body.
Driving on a closed course became very difficult, as reaction times were slower, and mobility was impeded.
Liberty Mutual Insurance hosted the event, and their goal was to increase awareness about these safety concerns. Dave Melton, the Industry Director of Transportation for Liberty, had a few great suggestions.
“Instead of driving a parent around or an older friend, let them drive and observe how they drive. Are they driving too far apart or behind the vehicle in front of them? Are they driving too slowly? Are they taking turns very wide?”
There are alternative ways to get around for those who shouldn’t drive, such as services provided by non profit groups like ITNBluegrass.
You can learn more about ITNBluegrass by following this link:
To play an online game that simulates the driving experience for an elderly person, you can follow this link: www.libertymutual.com/driverseat/
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