The number of older traffic participants has risen sharply in recent years and continues to increase. Unfortunately, there are also more (older) victims. What can we do about that?

In 2005, 39% of women over 65, and 80% of women between 45 and 65 years had a driving license. For men the figure was for both age groups at 90%. Most of these will therefore drive on a regular basis.

Greater risk of accident

Older drivers drive less often in bad weather, usually have a lot of driving experience, act more according to traffic rules and, on average, are less often under the influence of alcohol than younger road users. All positive things, but on the other hand, getting older road users impairment such as reduced vision, hearing and reaction time and difficulty dividing attention.

The growing number of older drivers and the deterioration of motor functions provide therefore a greater risk of an accident. Fortunately, there are many technical and other possibilities to compensate for these functional disorders, so there is no reason not to participate in traffic (or less).

Physically more vulnerable

Elderly people are physically more vulnerable than young people and are has often more seriously injuries in the car. Car seats and (side) airbags for drivers can help reduce the number of serious injuries.

The Government, Safe Traffic Organizations and other parties provide tips and information and organize refresher courses in which drivers can test their skills and behavior and possibly update it with some (driving) lessons. Examples of courses include, for example, the Basic Refreshment Driving Ride, the Scooter Course, the Safe Mobile on the Bike Course (by the Cycling Federation's or Cycling School).

Derivation of major cause of accidents

Nearly 80 percent of accidents are caused because a driver is distracted, usually using electronic equipment while driving. It has been proven that, for example, calling in the car reduces sighting and driving performance. Traffic signs are missed and distances and dangerous situations are not properly estimated. Just take a look at the road: you often see it when a driver is busy with phone or other equipment: the car sling, drives very slowly or just too fast. Every year, tens of thousands of deaths or are seriously injured.

Tips for safer driving

Safer traffic on the scooter, bicycle and on foot