During the British science festival in Swansea, scientists presented the results of a new study in which researchers tested whether elderly drivers are dangerous to the young and create more accidents on the road. As it turned out, in fact, such representations do not match.
Experts reviewed the police reports and found that motorists over 70 years of age get into accidents is 3-4 times less than young people aged 17 to 21 years. In the case with elderly people most often accidents happen when you turn right in “left hand drive” car and while trying to overtake another car. In this case, young people often develop too high speed and not able to handle it.
Experts note that older people behave on the road is much neater young. On the other hand, in some situations, older people behind the wheel really “lose” younger road users. In particular, they can not quickly enough to react to an unexpected maneuver of another car. Because of this, in particular, are quite common cases of collision of two cars, driving each of them are elderly people.
However, the least danger on the roads, according to scientists, are not the elderly and not the young drivers and those whose age is approximately 40 to 50 years. According to researchers, in this age, the motorist is already getting rid of youthful fervor, but still keeps a good reaction speed, which together allows him to avoid emergency situations on the road.
Experts also drew attention to the problem faced by elderly pedestrians crossing the street, they are, in the vast majority, can not move with the “average” pedestrian speed that can create some problems for them.