Senior Driving

In just 16 years, experts say one-fifth of the American population will be 65 or older. Since three of every four seniors are licensed to drive now, the odds are good that we'll see even more elderly drivers on the road in the near future.

It's why the State Patrol and the Enhanced Mobility Commission are combining their efforts to make driving safer for seniors. A program helping their cause in Wisconsin provides grant money toward the purchase of bigger, brighter road signs.

"The local community applies, they'll get 75 percent of the funding for these signs and pavement markings," said mature driving expert Leonard Levine.

"There's a pretty good pot, two-point-two million to be exact."

Experts advise seniors to avoid night-time driving. Those who must drive at night should be sure to increase their following distance, plan ahead for lane changes, drive at slower speeds, and wear a seatbelt.


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