Older drivers on our streets

17Dec12

My last few posts have been related to transportation in communities. There seems to be a lot of stories in the news that have me reflecting on this.

A recent story on NPR’s Morning Edition reported on care features that make it easier for older people to remain in the drivers seat long into thier life. The article also characterized the features, like push buttons and rear cameras, as helping to make driving safer for everyone not just the elderly. Yes, making driving safer as our population ages is important. However, safe, walkable communities with good public transit would also be a viable solution to help people age-in-place and still enjoy a high quality of life.

The expert interviewed also said: “we plan for retirement — and we should plan to stop driving in the same way.”

Are you or a family member facing not being able to drive?

Flickr photo by epSos.de