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Almost half of Canadians worry about an aging loved one on the road

OTTAWA, ON – CAA launched today a multimedia web tool designed to help seniors stay safe behind the wheel.

CAA research shows that nearly half (47 per cent) of Canadians are concerned about the safety of an aging family member on the road. CAA’s new online portal helps seniors and their loved ones assess driving skills, learn about changing abilities, and, if needed, modify driving habits.

Two thirds of senior drivers see the need for online tools to help them stay safe on the road, CAA’s polling shows. CAA’s new web tool contains assessment tools to pinpoint areas of improvement, interactive infographics that show common physical changes that affect driving, and videos with tips and reminders for managing challenging driving conditions. The site incorporates information from the Canadian Medical Association’s Driver’s Guide and advice from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

“CAA believes awareness of age-related changes that affect our driving is an important step in keeping ourselves and our families safe on the road,” says Jeff Walker, Vice-President of public affairs for CAA National.

The good news is that half of seniors have already taken at least one step to adjust their driving habits, such as reducing or eliminating driving at night, but CAA research shows there is need for more information related to age-related changes that affect driving.

For instance, only three per cent of seniors know that by age 60, the average person needs three times as much light to see as they did at age 20. CAA’s information on age-related changes includes an interactive light tool that demonstrates changes in vision as we age. In addition, the portal’s driving-at-night infographic and video offer tips and advice for dealing with this kind of physical change.

The CAA poll is based on a sample size of 1,133. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further information, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
Office: 613-247-0117 ext. 2006
Cell: 613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca



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