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According to a new study coming from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has shown that a majority of senor drivers question the wisdom of letting older motorists use cars.

The research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that overwhelmingly, older drivers would support tougher regulations on licensing that could actually take many of them off the roads. The study is also coming in a period of observed aging level of the US population. The nation’s licensed drivers are almost 20% over that age of 65 and at least two-thirds of motorists over 85 say they still engage in the activity at least five days a week.

The study questioned around 1,800 people over the age of 65, with at least 70% of them supporting changes that would bring a tougher licensing process. “With nearly nine out of ten seniors aged 65 and older still driving, it appears that additional years behind the wheel not only make drivers older, but wiser,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s director of traffic safety advocacy and research. Among the necessary changes we see motorists 75 or older forced to renew their license in person and undertake medical exams. The AAA also reports that almost 80% of the drivers aged 75 and above consider they should go through the medical screening process to ensure they are still fit to drive.