Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:00

5 Tips the CDC, NHTSA, and Safe Drive Systems Caution Every Man 50+ to Remember

Men over 50 are feeling younger, more adventurous and more independent than ever before, and it shows in the front-end collision and car crash statistics reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In fact, the NHTSA has seen a 23% increase in licensed older drivers since 1999.

Combine that with an increase in accidents as adults age, because of visual and hearing impairments, reaction times, and other factors, and it’s no wonder the CDC is urging drivers over 50 to take extra precautions.

While the NHTSA and CDC both site a dramatic decline in accidents with the use of advanced collision warning systems, all involved agencies believe that the ultimate responsibility lay with the driver.

So does Safe Drive Systems, a provider of the after-market anti-collision radar system that is designed to provide an extra boost, much like an extra pair of eyes and ears might, to those over 50 who care about safe driving habits.

“I was raised to believe that when you can make a difference, you do. At Safe Drive Systems we’re leveraging the power of advanced collision warning and lane departure technologies to provide men 50-85 additional protection against fatal or injury increasing collisions. Our affordable after-market system provides escalating light and audible warnings up to 480 ft in advance, alerting drivers with distractions, or dulled senses to the potential of imminent danger,” says Joseph Shuford, CEO at Safe Drive Systems.

Here are 5 Helpful Tips to Bolster Safety Before Driving Begins

  1. Drowsiness and side-effects can lead to death, so asking a doctor or pharmacist to review medications (prescription and over the counter) can reduce risk of related collisions.
  2. Schedule regular visits with your eye doctor, and make sure to wear glasses and corrective lenses as suggested.
  3. Leave a large following distance
  4. If possible, plan the route taken in advance
  5. Don't drive during bad weather or at night.

“Bad weather is unpredictable,” says Mr. Shuford, “It can strike at any time, and Men over 50 shouldn’t have to give up their freedom if they take extra precautions, like installing an aftermarket anti-collision warning system that even the IIHL agrees can reduce the risk of a fatal or injury related accident by up to 40%. And since the RD140 Radar from Safe Drive Systems fits on practically every car made since 2000, there is no longer an excuse forcing men over 50 to give up their freedom, especially since it works after dark, in dense fog, and inclement weather.”

Interestingly enough, this is the same type of anti-collision warning system the NHTSA is considering making mandatory on all new release vehicles, because it is shown to reduce one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., by more than 5,000 per year.