Bubbles and “Mobility Gap” Car Crash Bubbles?
In the U.S. we have seen all kinds of bubbles, like the .com and housing bubble. Now the bubble that is growing is called a “mobility gap.” But this is something some safety experts say has been growing for years and outliving its life expectancy. Like all bubbles, it will eventually burst.
What is the Mobility Gap?
This mobility gap involves baby boomers. These are people born between the mid-1940’s and mid-1960’s. They are aging in a large percentage with one of the boomers turning 69 every eight seconds. Hence, this raises the risk for car crashes every year because of older drivers.
What are the Expert Predictions?
Experts predicted 2015 to begin the most dangerous era for traffic accidents and deadly collisions involving drivers over the age of 65. Los Angeles car crash lawyer Michael Ehline said the statistics so far because baby boomers proved the experts wrong for 2015. Ehline said some older drivers compare with teen drivers for the risk of causing crashes.
Instead, as the first wave of boomers approaches their 70th birthdays, older drivers get in fewer fatal accidents than a decade ago, even as they hit the road more than previous generations of seniors and hold on to their driver’s licenses longer. (See citations, infra.)
What is the Study Data for the Suburbs?
What does make a difference with these generations presently aging, is that many live in the suburbs. Hence, this means the need for more automotive transportation. So this will put them on the roads more than other aged generations. Last, and most dangerous, is they will not be as likely to give up driving.
Furthermore, data shows that crashes involving drivers over the age of 70 in recent years have decreased 15%. The reasons aren’t clear, but new technology for car safety is a likely cause. Ehline said times have changed and vehicles. While vehicles have the crash and anti-crash safety features, older people are living more active lifestyles than other generations.
- Significance of AARP Senior Citizen Driver’s Safety
Because of many reasons other than safe travel, elders are also taking AARP Safe Driving courses. They take the courses not to hone driver’s skills, but to qualify for safe driver insurance discounts. Yes, it’s clear cars is safer today than even a few years ago or a decade before. Also, seat belt laws are stricter, and airbags are standard. The new brakes systems help avoid collisions like rear-end crashes.
Most of all older drivers have changed from the older driver in the past that held up traffic traveling at a slow speed or other dangerous maneuvers to the active and alert older drivers today. Doctors believe baby boomers might live longer than they have the ability to drive in their 80’s or even 90’s. Baby boomers don’t have a fear of losing driving privileges when asked. Many also look forward to autonomous vehicles making it to car dealers.
But Boomers aren’t out of the woods nevertheless. The bubble experts believe the roads could be more dangerous with many of this generation yet to retire. So we can see that although seniors are proving to be in fewer vehicle wrecks, living in the suburbs will undoubtedly cause an uptick in crashes with older folks.
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Katherine Shaver© 2015, The Washington Post Article Last Updated: Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10:18 pm, and Katherine Shaver© 2015, The Washington Post. “Aging Drivers Disprove Skeptics.” The Durango Herald. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.