There are plenty of mature drivers on Philadelphia streets, as defined as drivers aged 65 and older. The number of mature drivers in America is steadily increasing, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, there were 32.2 million drivers 65 or older. By the year 2020, the number is expected to hit 40 million.
But there are some sobering statistics for these senior citizens still behind the wheel. A study initiated by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that when they were compared to drivers in the 55 - 64 age group, licensed drivers over 65 are almost two times as likely to die in fatal collisions. For those older than 75, the odds rose to 2.5 times, and quadrupled for those 85 or older.