Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety (ChORUS) joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other partners in recognizing Older Americans Month (OAM) this May. The 2023 theme is Aging Unbound, and our focus is on ensuring that older adults are proactive about being a safe drivers and plan for safe mobility beyond the driver’s seat. The older population (65+), although a vulnerable road user, are among the safest drivers. In 2020, 55.7 million people, 17% of the United States population, were over the age of 65. In the same year, there were 6,549 people 65 and older killed in traffic crashes in the United States, accounting for 17 percent of all traffic fatalities. Although older drivers are less likely to drive aggressively or to speed, they are considered vulnerable road users. It is important for those who engage with older drivers to know about age-related changes that may undermine an individual’s driving ability.
In support of Older Americans Month, we invite you to take advantage of the customizable resources we offer that can be used now and throughout the year to support your education and outreach efforts.
Select any of the sections below to access resources, materials, and other information to support your efforts.
- Add ChORUS to Your Site
- Help users easily connect to ChORUS and the wealth of resources on this website. Copy and paste the logo and website description to your website’s home page, resource page or other locations as is appropriate.
ChORUS serves as a centralized, user-friendly, and dynamic source of information pertaining to highway safety for aging drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Built as a comprehensive resource, it covers all three major components of highway safety: safe roadways, safe road users, and safe vehicles.
- How to Use OAM Resources
Review this quick guide for ideas on activities and events using the ChORUS OAM resources that will increase older driver traffic safety within your community.