Signs for an Aging Driving Population

by Jessi McCaffery

In the next twenty years, it's estimated that about 25% of the drivers on the road will be older citizens 65 years old and older. The good news is, that means the roads will be full of very experienced drivers. The bad news is, it poses some definite hazards.

Most older drivers originally got their licenses when the streets were far less complicated and less well-traveled. Traffic increases each year, roads have lanes added, new laws start up and the road system gets tougher to navigate. For some seniors whose reflexes are not quite as fast as they used to be, these things can make the roads a little more challenging.

Our vision tends to dim as we grow older, too , which may possibly make seeing street signs good enough an issue. Light-up driver feedback signs, nonetheless , use bright LED lights that may make them simpler for everybody to read, particularly seniors. One of the street signs that will help senior citizens is the light-up green arrow for left turns. Because there's no longer any question of right-of-way when turning is on a green arrow, intersections can be simpler to navigate.

Lighted speed display signs that can be programmed to show the speed limit or reflect drivers' speeds back at them can help in the same way, by drawing the eye and making senior drivers aware of their speed. Many of us, particularly those that drive the same roads daily, stop seeing signs after a bit. We recognize a speed limit sign, of course, but are much less likely to actually look at it as we are a sign that tells us what speed we are traveling at.

Somebody who's driven the same roads for 50 years may overlook even a freshly erected sign, but one that is brightly lit is much more sure to be spotted. If the display changes, showing their speed and even flashing if they are going over the limit, they're even less certain to miss it. These types of signs can help older drivers drive more safely and help prevent accidents.

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