Stats show nearly 1 in 5 drivers in U.S. is over 65

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FIFTY PLUS -

The govern­ment says nearly 1 in 5 drivers in the U.S. is over 65 years old, thanks in part to the ag­ing baby boomer gen­er­a­tion and greater longevity over­all. Pre­lim­i­nary data from the Fed­eral High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion also show there are more drivers to­day than ever be­fore, an es­ti­mated 217 mil­lion. Drivers over 65 are one of the fastest-grow­ing de­mo­graphic groups among U.S. drivers, in­creas­ing 2 per­cent last year. That’s the big­gest sin­gle-year per­cent in­crease on record that pop­u­la­tion, and rep­re­sents 4.4 mil­lion ad­di­tional older drivers. The num­ber of teen drivers in­creased slightly in 2015 for the first time in two years, ris­ing to 8.73 mil­lion from 8.5 mil­lion in 2014, but con­tin­u­ing to re­main at a near-record low. By com­par­i­son, there were nearly 10 mil­lion teen drivers in 2008.

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