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The below taken from edmunds explains how age affects distracted driving. Young and old people do get distracted behind the wheel of a car but what distracts both young and old people are totally different as you will find out.

Do you get distracted while driving? If do you, what distracts you?

My distractions are the in-car devices I use such as my smartphone, with the ability to do almost everything on the smartphone it's hard to not use it during my commute.

Auto Observer recently sat down with researchers at the MIT AgeLab to learn more about a new study about distracted driving and how it changes as we age. By placing drivers of various ages into a simulator, researchers can collect data related to distraction. After studying conditions such as heart rate and eye movement, it becomes clear that different age groups are distracted by different stimuli. For example, young people have a harder time tuning out in-car distractions like text messages and cell phones, while older drivers are more impacted by sirens and flashing lights outside of the vehicle.

Researcher Bryan Reimer said that in most cases, reducing distracted driving isn't so much a matter of leveraging technology to make current car features easier to use; instead, it's more about properly educating drivers about said features before they hit the road .

AgeLab also investigated a number of other driving-related technologies, including automated parallel parking systems like the one found on the 2010 Lincoln MKS to discern how drivers of various ages would adapt to theem. Hit the jump to see a video on the research.
 

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I get distracted by HOTT Girlz...
 

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Driving errors increase as drivers age

Insurance companies and police are always concerned about young drivers, especially young male drivers. But what they should be more concerned of is the elderly. From reading the below you will know what exactly about how he elderly drive would be of concern.


Slow down, Grandma: Driving errors increase as drivers age
We all make mistakes on the road, but a new study finds that people make more driving errors as they age. Research published by the American Psychological Association, on the online journal Neuropsychology, looked at healthy older drivers and their performance on the road and found that all types of driving errors increased with age, no matter what the person’s driving history.

The study looked at 266 people age 70 to 88 who had no signs of dementia, lived on their own, and drove at least once a week. Researchers wanted to find evidence for detecting unsafe older drivers and how declines in brain function—normal cognitive aging—affects driving skills.

Participants drove through a 12-mile course through city and suburban streets in Brisbane, Australia, with a professional driving instructor in the front seat and occupational therapist in the back seat scoring the drivers on various errors.

Failure to check vehicle blind spots was the most common mistake, but researchers also observed veering across lanes and failure to use turn signals. Seventeen percent of drivers made an error that caused the driving instructor to take action either by braking or grabbing the wheel. Also, men were no better than women in the tests and errors quadrupled from the youngest to the oldest participants.

The researchers don’t feel older people should have driving restrictions, but rather more screening, and training, and even alternative means of transport.

The study notes that this information could be helpful in designing skill assessments and education for older drivers. Knowledge of the cognitive affects of aging can also be useful when designing roads, signs, and even vehicles for older drivers.
Since the elderly are "at risk" drivers as I would put it, do you think higher insurance rates should be applied to them just like how it is for young/new drivers?
 

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Most old people drive under the limit. So really there's very little medical damages. That's what I think insurace is really concerned about. But yea I sorta do think there preniums should still go up becauce the get there social sucurity money.
 

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I second that... The worst possible driver combination stands: old + Asian + woman lol
 

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+ Kalihi/Waipahu/Ewa Beach resident! :eusa_dance:
Ahaha, tell me... Do people in the mainland know how to drive better than in Hawaii?
 

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i agree with the higher insurance rates, if someone is more likely to get into an accident they should be paying what is fair. on a daily basis i see old people who clearly cannot drive and creates a situation that is just asking for an accident.

old people that do have a good driving record should be rewarded with lower rates like anyone should
 

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^ hah, nice way of putting it, well maybe they know how to actually merge? It's a morbid pain jumpin' on the H1 if the time is right.
 
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