Aging is a natural part of life. As you grow older on the road, The Pittman Firm, P.A. wants to make sure you have all the resources you need to stay safe. That’s why we’re introducing you to The Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety (ChORUS).
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ChORUS is a project of the Washington, DC nonprofit, the Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF).
ChORUS serves as a comprehensive resource for aging drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. The information hub covers all 3 major components of highway safety:
- Safe roadways
- Safe road users
- Safe vehicles
All-Encompassing Tips and Tricks
The goal of ChORUS is to keep the public informed about safe driving practices.
For safe roadways, the organization recommends infrastructure like retroreflective signing, high-visibility crosswalks, and improved intersections. All of these cost-effective designs help older drivers navigate the roads and prevent deadly accidents. Information about these solutions and their effectiveness is available for all on the ChORUS website.
ChORUS’ advice for safe road users include:
- Using seatbelts
- Eliminating distractions
- Completing self-assessments and refresher courses throughout the aging process
- Understanding state-specific licensing information
- Recognizing that continuing to drive is not possible in all cases
- Exploring alternate transportation options
Fortunately, older adults have high rates of seatbelt use and low rates of distracted driving. Still, drivers exemplify safety when they check-in with themselves regularly and understand their limits.
Safe vehicles are also crucial to older drivers, as surviving and recovering from a crash is more difficult for aging bodies. ChORUS promotes safer vehicles for seniors by providing educational and consumer-friendly materials about emerging safety technologies. The charity also provides accessible resources for any individual or institution that helps advance vehicle safety.
Tools You Can Count On
The United States Department of Transportation regularly reviews the information available on the site, as well, making it a reliable tool for drivers of all ages.
If you’ve been injured an accident, The Pittman Firm, P.A. may also be an important resource for you.