Retirement living drivers may be most skilled on the road

While some people believe that retirement living drivers aren't careful on the road, a new study may have proven the opposite.

The Human Factors Safety Laboratory at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) conducted a study called "Age Skill and Hazard Perception" and discovered that retirement living drivers may be more skilled at avoiding accidents than their younger counterparts.

"We found that with older drivers, in general, their hazard perception abilities remained intact," said Avinoam Borowsky, BGU researcher.

The study involved 56 drivers of varying ages, who were shown different videos and later asked to identify hazardous situations.

Retirement living drivers may be most skilled on the road Surprisingly, it was the elder drivers who came out on top.

However, Borowsky made mention that senior motorists were inclined to blame other people for accidents.

"Older drivers tended to claim that the other road users were responsible for putting them at risk and rarely considered themselves as responsible for hazardous events," Borowsky said.

According to, in the next 20 years, the number of motorists over the age of 70 is expected to triple.

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