You approach a busy four-way stop and, when you think it is your turn, you accelerate through the intersection. The problem is that it was not your turn. A honking horn warns of the imminent crash, just as the rear end of your vehicle is struck. Luckily, due to the low speed of travel of both cars, the damage to both vehicles is minimal and no one sustains any injuries. However, as the driver of the other car exits his vehicle and demands to know why you did not yield the right of way, you have a sinking feeling that this crash is entirely your fault.
Senior drivers have an ever-growing presence on the road. Although they generally have more experience than other drivers, various aspects of aging can pose road safety risks. Research shows that vehicle safety features can prevent and mitigate crashes when paired with safe driving techniques. In order for senior drivers to accrue the maximum benefits of safety features, it is important to understand how the effects of aging influence driving ability, and the scope of protection that safety features offer.
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