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AAA Report: 65+ Drivers on the Road More Often, Longer

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Triple “A” has just released a sobering report concerning the driving habits of senior citizens.

The report indicates that the number of drivers 65 years of age or older has doubled in recent decades. Currently one driver in six on Tennessee highways is a senior citizen.

Perhaps most troubling, 90 percent of those drivers report taking some type of prescription medication daily, with two-thirds taking multiple medications.

Of course, mixing medications can result in driver impairment. Triple “A”s Michelle Harris says that in response the organization is offering an online tool that can help seniors identify potential problems.

“It’s an online tool that generates personalized feedback on how medications, as well as herbal supplements and foods, as well as their interactions with each other, can impact your safety behind the wheel. It’s things as simple as taking an over-the-counter cough medicine that can really impair your safe driving ability.”

Harris says that the report indicates that there are not only more seniors on the road, but those seniors are driving farther and more often. The study indicates that well over half of drivers 85 years of age and older report driving five or more days each week.

You can access all of Triple “A”s safe senior driving tools by visiting the website seniordriving.aaa.com